Snordwich Chronicles, LXVII: Afraid of Ghosts

On All Soul’s Eve, Rikilde asks Robert to take their nephew James out gathering soul cakes.

He finds the boy just where he expected, playing with the horses with his little sister Sabina.

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Snordwich Chronicles, LXVI: Visiting Friends and Family

Ewfame Grancourt ambles about the house in her mourning dress. Just yesterday she laid her husband of nine years to rest.

They were not close, Gilbert and she. They lived apart for half their marriage, and the other half she spent in fear of his disapproval. But without him she would not have had her name, her home, or her two beloved children. For those blessings she prays to the Watcher to show him grace.

Their son Thomas is master now. It makes Ewfame happy to see him, so much alike in looks her own dear father, at the centre of the table commanding everyone’s love and respect. Thomas is given to the same black moods that Gilbert had, but is easier to lift out of them. He is always full of praise for everyone and everything.

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Snordwich Chronicles, LXII: Planning for the Future

As  Lord Snordwich watches Roger and Matilda together, he thinks how ungainly his son looks next to his graceful wife. The boy has at least set aside that awful yellow doublet he used to wear, but he looks so uncomfortable—somehow stiff and bent in all the wrong places.

Attending the young couple is Richard, Philip Clerinell’s only son.

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Snordwich Chronicles, LXI: Rikilde

Rikilde is Hugh Cotter’s wife now.

They were married shortly after her mother died. It was not ideal, to have a hurried little wedding so close to the funeral, but they both agreed it would help strengthen their bid for the guardianship of her little brother Robert.

They had worried that her sister’s husband Richard would challenge their suit, but he did not. Perhaps he didn’t know he could. Now she and Hugh will bring Robert up together, managing his inheritance for him until he is of age to claim it.

They first thought they might maintain two households, with Hugh, Robert and her in one cottage, and Hugh’s mother, sister and brother in the other, but in the end they decided it would be cheaper to keep everyone together under one roof.

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