By Henry Williamson
Quantity 13 of A Chronicle of historical Sunlight. In September 1939, battle with Germany casts its lengthy shadow over the city and nation-state. Phillip Maddison, now farming in East Anglia, nonetheless stubbornly believes that Hitler's leader objective 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 located, attempting to subdue mounting money owed and to create a fertile yeoman keeping for his relations. The portrayal of his struggles, either with himself and with the land, hold overall conviction, as does the image of his existence in England till the finishing of the conflict of Britain.
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Not a copper cent.
I did, for that was the price they put on the black son of a bitch it hung inside of. He stirred about in the corner and came up with an old dark brass kettle, lifted the cover and poked inside with one finger. The remains of one of the lank prairie hares interred in cold grease and furred with a light blue mold. He clamped the lid back on the kettle and set it in the flames. Aint much but we’ll go shares, he said. I thank ye. Lost ye way in the dark, said the old man. He stirred the fire, standing slender tusks of bone up out of the ashes.
He walks through the narrow streets of the port. The air smells of salt and newsawn lumber. At night whores call to him from the dark like souls in want. A week and he is on the move again, a few dollars in his purse that he’s earned, walking the sand roads of the southern night alone, his hands balled in the cotton pockets of his cheap coat. Earthen causeways across the marshland. Egrets in their rookeries white as candles among the moss. The wind has a raw edge to it and leaves lope by the roadside and skelter on in the night fields.