"Lawful-got, be God?You've said it there!"
another day. We'll face her tomorrow and see how she brazens it out. I knew
well you wouldn't want to disturb your own sons."
They stumbled on
through the darkness. As they drew near the low thatched cottage that was
slightly below the level of the road, Timothy kept urging Paddy forward.
Paddy's boots were somewhat more rebellious than before. Timothy grew anxious
at the poor progress they were making. He kept saying: "Tomorrow is the
day, Paddy! I'll put the rope around her neck for you. Don't wake the lads
the cottage, Paddy came to a halt. He swayed, and glowered at the small house
with its tiny recessed windows. He drew himself up to his full height.
bed?" he growled.
"She's up at
McSweeney's. She goes there for the sake of company. Half an hour at night when
the kids are in bed?you'll not begrudge her that, Paddy?"
begrudge her that!"
Paddy yielded a
single step, then planted his shoes still more firmly on the roadway. He
swayed. "The...?" he said.
Paddy, a girl."
"Goin' on six
year, is it?" "