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The woman crossed herself and knelt on the floor. "In the presence of my God," she said, "because you were fair to me, Paddy Kinsella, I'll be better than three wives to you. I broke my marriage-mornin' promise, but I'll make up for it. There's my word, given before my Maker."
Maag kept watching with gravity. The mother crossed herself and rose.
Paddy was dourly rummaging in his coat pocket. At last his fingers found what he was seeking. "I knew I had it somewhere," he said. He held out a crumpled toffee-sweet to the girl. "I got it from a kid on the boat."
Maag's face broke in pleasure.
"'Twill do till Saturday," she said.
Paddy stripped the toffee. The child's mouth came down upon the sweet as Paddy held it up in its sticky paper. The sweet in her cheek, the girl broke away and ran across the kitchen. She flung open the door of the boys' bedroom.
"Get up outa that!" she cried out. "The ould fellah is home!"