By Raymond Williams
While railwayman Harry cost all at once suffers a stroke, his son returns from London to the Welsh border village of his upbringing, and to his family's earlier.
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From the mountain to the north ran a ridge of high ground, and along it the grey Marcher castles. To the west, enclosing the valley, ran the Black Mountains: mile after mile of bracken and whin and heather, of black marsh and green springy turf, of rowan and stunted thorn and myrtle and bogcotton, roamed by the mountain sheep and the wild ponies. Between the black ridges of Darren and Brynllwyd cut the narrow valley of Trawsfynydd, where the ruined abbey lay below the outcrop of rock marked by the great isolated boulder of the Kestrel.
Lodgings is no trouble. ’ The stationmaster looked again at his new signalman. He had heard well of him, and the first impression was good, but there was something there that disturbed and slowed. ’ he said briskly, with a quick touch at the gummed pricks of his moustache. He was, after all, the stationmaster, and Price his new signalman and really no more than a lad. Decisions must be made, even against that withdrawn heaviness. ’ ‘Don’t worry, Harry, I can find it,’ the girl said quickly. ‘We’ll go up the box,’ Tom Rees said.
She loved so much, too much for a child,’ Mrs Lucas said. ’ Ellen said, surprised. ‘Too much for him,’ Mrs Lucas said, and turned away. Ellen hugged the baby on her lap, and again kissed the sweet-smelling head. ‘I expect he loved her,’ she said, after a pause. ‘Rosser? Yes, as his girl. He had plenty of girls. Mary was his best girl. ’ ‘He’s nice, and good-looking,’ Ellen said. Mrs Lucas moved to the big black range. Her lips were 41 tight, and she seemed less to walk than to propel her squat body across the intervening space.