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In contemporary Scotland, Donald Campbell and his parents farmed sheep in the glen close to the cottage of the Bodach. He was a welcome guest in their home, and Donald viewed him as a grandfather wise in the way of stories. So it was that one night the Bodach revealed a vision he had; the glen was to have visitors. Three men would appear. One would carry a forest on his back, the second would have lightening in his hand, and the third would bring death. The following night three strangers appeared at the home of the Campbell’s , just as the Bodach has predicted. The first had pinecones in his backpack, to plant a forest. The second had blueprints for a hydroelectric power station to bring man-made lightening to the glen. The third man, the designer of the project, announced that the glen would be flooded, bringing death. Thirteen stones, perfectly separated, formed a circle in the glen. They were twelve feet in height, two feet wide and six feet thick. It was believed that every one hundred years the Stones walked to the river and submerged their heads into the water to renew their strength. The Bodach determined that the glen would not be flooded until the Stones could renew their strength. The Bodach carried a carved black staff, given to him at the time he was given the power of the Second Sight. The gift allowed him to project himself, and thus to place himself in the very area to be flooded. When it became evident that the Bodach was dying, it was Donald to whom the Bodach passed the gift of Second Sight, and the responsibility of saving the Stones. Mollie Hunter incorporated the Druid beliefs in the power of the Stones with Highland lore that death merely meant that an ―old person was going to his own herd…going home to the One that 35 Walsh, Jill Paton, in discussion with the author, New England Children’s Literature Conference, 1993. 36 Hunter, Mollie, The Walking Stones (New York: Harper & Row, 1970.
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Forum on Public Policy 12 created him…‖ 37 In this spiritual dimension, she also placed the importance of tradition, legacy, the environment and respect for nature. Cat Herself The nomadic lifestyle of Scotland’s travelling community is depicted with the genuine respect that Mollie Hunter has for the subjugated. The tragic death of a young tinker woman ―…from an older land than ours, and from a stranger one‖ 38 led the author to give her a voice of dignity and to illuminate the religious hypocrisy that led to her demise. It is a theme that resonates in her writing; she gives the disempowered a voice. As a young teen, Mollie suffered the humiliation of being poor, and so with empathy and respect she has taken on the social mores that strip people of their self-respect. Cat McPhie’ s charge to trade handmade baskets for clothing led her to the home of the gentry.
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