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Unformatted text preview: ng and waving and clapping their hands. "It's a girl, it's a girl! At last, Katherine has given birth to a girl!" And suddenly I was surrounded by loving hands, and loving kisses. 29 It was perfectly fine that I'd raped my sister; or I'd done penance enough; whatever, I didn't know. But Riverbend was filled with cheer- ing voices. Champagne corks popped; musicians played. The baby was held aloft from the gallery. Ships on the river began to blow their whistles to honor our visible and obvious festivity. Oh God in heaven! What will you do now, I thought, you evil evil man? What will you do merely to keep yourself alive and to save that tiny baby from utter destruction? Fifteen THE WORLD shook with Father's song and Father's laughter. Fa- ther said, in his fast high-pitched voice, "Emaleth, be strong; take what you must; Mother may try to harm you. Fight, Emaleth, fight to be with me. Think of the glen and the sunshine and of all our children." Emaleth saw children-thousands an...
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