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Inside this Book – We know they are coming. We’ve watched the smoke rise for two weeks now knowing they will soon be at our gates, the gates you promised to finish whitewashing when you returned. All day, every day, tidy pillars billow straight up into the summer sky, no breeze dares bother them. Day by day, farm by farm, the English draw closer. Even on Christmas morning we woke to smoke spooling across the sky like wool waiting to be wound. It cleared as you said prayers and we sat down to lunch – I still worry that pork was dry. The Kriels are only six miles east and when their big red barn goes up – the barn it took twenty men a winter to build – it’ll be us next. The chair I’m sitting on, every berry ripening on the tree outside the window – every fruit, every tree. They will all go. I still struggle to believe the news that reaches even our half-painted gates. Soon, everything we’ve built in our ten years here will be gone. I’ve taken to rising even earlier so I can wander our five rooms alone – remember when we had just one! I blink hard and press my eyelids together to engrave it all where I can always see it. I hope you remember it too, Samuel. I’ve often embarked on a diary with the new year and found my thoughts ran out long before the pages, but I’m resolved to keep at this. I’m setting these words down for us and for Fred – he’s outside bothering Lettie who is calling so I must go in a minute. I’m writing at our kitchen table where we sat and prayed and talked and laughed and worried all these married years. Every evening after dinner you tapped your pipe out and it left little scorches. Now I run my fingers over the marks regretting every tut. I’ll read this to you when you return victorious. Our cause is just. God will preserve you, Samuel. Remember Psalm 110: The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
Inside this book –You Will Be Safe Here PDF Book by Damian Barr – Rayna’s Monday was a day to cut out and keep. Due to a quaint outbreak of measles half her class was off so she got quality time – that’s what it’s called now – with her favourites. You’re not supposed to have favourites. Why can’t all children stay five for ever, she wondered, as she read aloud the Simplified Scripture of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Afterwards they made collages of lions and she let them squander paper on extravagant manes. She told them how her parents had taken her to Kruger when she was little and she’d seen real lions and how in her grandparents’ time lions were everywhere but now they were penned in big reserves safe from poachers. Rayna loved the school’s smells: powdery palettes of paint, tiny perfect suns of colour; the secret papery darkness of the stationery cupboard where hyacinths were forced; even the boy’s-toilet tang of the glue pots – the smell familiar if not pleasant. Chalk dust floated for ever in shafts of sunlight. She enjoyed cutting out sugar paper, turning it in her hand to make complex shapes. If a child was very good she snipped out a special zigzag-edged star then wrote their name on it and tacked it high on the wall. After her probationary month she was presented with her own pinking scissors with a neat typed label on the handle: MRS BRANDT – TEACHING ASSISTANT. Today she cut out whole skies of stars. She remembered herself as a little girl, rushing home waving a glowing report card. Her parents used to be so proud.
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- Full Book Name – You Will Be Safe Here
- Author of this Book – Damian Barr
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Fiction, Cultural, Historical, Literature
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- eBook Pages – 203
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