By Henry Williamson
Quantity 13 of A Chronicle of historic Sunlight. In September 1939, warfare with Germany casts its lengthy shadow over town and geographical region. Phillip Maddison, now farming in East Anglia, nonetheless stubbornly believes that Hitler's leader target is the defence of Europe opposed to Stalin; yet he's engaged in a private struggle at the 'bad lands' the place his farm is positioned, attempting to subdue mounting bills and to create a fertile yeoman keeping for his family members. The portrayal of his struggles, either with himself and with the land, hold overall conviction, as does the image of his lifestyles in England till the finishing of the conflict of Britain.
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But, after all, his family had not forced it on me. I had accepted their proposal, as I had to admit to myself. It never came to a showdown. In those years, if I am not mistaken, W . had hardly any other friends, certainly none of his 26 own age; he revered his cello teacher, an elderly sculptor in Zurich, a scholar who was a friend of the family. He had a girl friend, but took care that I should not get to know her; a very non-middle-class girl whom he never married and could never forget. A tragic affair of the heart of which W.
I n c u r a b l e , yes, that’s the word, i n c u r a b l e . When, as frequently happened, I went upstairs to borrow something from Fraulein Eichelberg— salt or a can opener or whatever else our young household still lacked— I always stayed outside on the landing. I could see the little foyer and, through an open door, the room in which the invalid lay. I could not see her— just a bureau and the corner of a carpet. So now I knew where her bed stood. She could hear my voice. After that I would forget all about her.
Our meeting was neither easy nor difficult. My daughter, the same age as Lynn, sat spinning unbleached sheep’s wool as we talked. Before that we had been for a walk, a father and daughter, talking in our native dialect. Years ago, in great distress, she had written to me, full of trust, and I had replied. She had also visited me with her previous young man, whom I had liked very much . . He had been the first child of my first fiancee, whom I did not marry, and she was the first of my daughters; perhaps it was for that reason they did not marry .