By Margiad Evans
A primary individual account of ardour, homicide and cultural clash, this can be the affection tale of a overdue nineteenth-century Welsh lady.
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She kneels down beside me. ‘Gabriel and I have quarrelled. ’ She takes my two hands and lays her cheek upon them. ‘He heard the master speaking Welsh to me, and thought he spoke too friendly. ’ I take my father’s dinner down to the big meadow, 27 where they are all shearing under the elms. Olwen is there, sitting on a hurdle swinging her legs, with her hair out of plait; so is young Williams’s new wife. She comes from a town, and watches him as he shears with all her eyes. The master is stood close, too, looking and holding his watch in his hand; he scowls at Williams, who has made two cuts in five minutes.
He won’t come here, never fear,’ I say. She calls again: ‘Quick! ’ It is too late to wash; I have the door open for coolness, and the master is stood in it looking at me. ‘Good day,’ he says, ‘I am riding into Wales, Ann Goodman. ’ ‘None by you,’ I answer. There is something strange to me in his voice. He is speaking English. He flicks the lintel with his whip. ’ ‘If you are going to Gabriel Ford, I cannot stay you. ’ I make no answer. ‘Ffarwél, Nan. ’ He goes away. I wish we had never met! My father says the master came home late last night.
He goes away; I think I am to be left in peace, as the young lady from the forest clings to his arm like a bur to sheep’s wool, but it seems I am mistaken. Old Somers calls out: ‘Now for something a bit more old-fashioned, something the older folk can join in. ’ The couples sort themselves out in a minute. ’ Willy-nilly I am compelled, though I am not at all content. 20 Afterwards we have “A-hunting we will go”. He gallops me so fast up and down the line I have no breath left to tell him what I think of him, roaring out the words above everyone else.
Country Dance (Library of Wales) by Margiad Evans