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1921. Excerpt: ... "his youngsters." "Proper little gardener he be.
Him and old Luke is as thick as thieves. He is off there sharp
enough most evenings." "I have seen him often enough. 'Ten't many
youngsters as Mr. Medlar will bide like he do Fred." Fidding, when
they reached it, lay like a herd of cows opening pale yellow eyes
in the darkness. As they passed the inn, someone entering let out a
rush of voices, which when it ceased left no sound except the
bubbling of the stream to disturb the night. A week later, at dawn,
Fidding lay folded in thick white mist, which garlanded the
hedgerows with tangles of dewdrops on every cobweb. Jacob Pertwood,
the shepherd, when he took a cup of tea up to his wife before
setting out with his blue shag sheep-dog, Watch, told her the day
was thick enough to cut, but that the sun would be shining before
noon. "Like enough 'twill be hottish, too," he added, guided not
only by experience of many similar mornings in uneventful years,
but also by the same instinct that made the dog wrinkle his nose at
the fog and then wind with undulating back round his master's legs,
appreciating some premonitory quality even then present in the air.
Within a few hours, Jacob's forecast was justified. The mist rolled
back upon itself, as if dissolving, and the sun, at first palely
appearing, gathered increasing strength and harried from the valley
the last attenuated scarves of white which wound among the trees,
revealing, like a map unrolled, a landscape dotted and checkered
with buildings and fields. From Old Man's Neck, a narrow
saddle-back ridge on the hills above the vicarage, the village
could be seen lying compact and bright like a model. In its single
street there was little sign of life, and little movement. Here and
there from cottage chimneys wisps...
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