Were all in the same game, and this is part of it.
He wont loosen his grip on either hisopponents or his allies.
The centre of it was Stoddarts dog, the patriarch
I had to get a fullview of Barralty, so I
approached him from all kinds of angles.
The curlews especially she hailed as old
friends,and shouted a Danish poem about them.
I had come to him solely as a matter of business,
forI had heard good reports of his skill. All three of us sat up and took notice,
for this was a Haraldsen wehad not met before. I had to get a fullview of Barralty,
so I approached him from all kinds of angles. Were all in the same game, and this is
part of it.
He listenedwith a squared jaw and ugly suspicious
eyes while I strummed on thefalsetto. The suncame out after midday, and it was a
You see, I was on my own ground and he was
astranger, so I had a pull on him. It was as if a nomad had gottogether a home
I had read one ortwo of the Sagas on Sandys advice,
and I observed that they weregloomy anecdotes.
There were three dayswhen he slipped away from me,
and now I know what he was doing.
That was the thing I most wanted to knowabout, and
it wasnt easy to get cross-bearings. All morning we threaded our way in a maze of
what must be about theworst roads in Britain. Sandy looked at him with that quick
appraising glance of his whichtook in so much.
The ceremony in Tarrass little parlour was a
suffocating business,but happily it did not last long.
But if Im any judge of men,theyll have to do as
But there wassomething new about him that caught my
eye. Yarrows twelve years by Stoddarts firesidewere forgotten.
First, he has his friends who genuinelylike him,
quite honest fellows, some of them.
We never met the Stutzagain, and for all I know it
is still patrolling the Carter Bar.