By Winston Graham
Cornwall within the 1780s - whilst robust forces of revolution and response are at huge on the earth. drained from a grim struggle in the USA, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his kinfolk. however the cheerful homecoming he has expected turns bitter, for his father is useless, his property is derelict and the lady he loves is engaged to his cousin. yet his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin woman from a fairground brawl and take her domestic - an act which alters the full process his life...
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We are nervous also but we sit still as the flakes come down and stick to our shawls and hats, sugaring our eyelashes and flouring the men’s woolly beards. Two women face into the wind that whips their hair like corn tassel, their eyes slits of shine. The other one covers her mouth with her cloak and leans against a man. A boy with a yellow pigtail sits on the wagon floor, his hands tied to his ankles. He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty.
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He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty. Perhaps it will last long enough on the ground to make animal tracking easy. Men are always happy in the snow where killing is best. Sir says no one can starve if there is snow. Nor in spring because even before berries are out and vegetables ready to eat the river is full of spawn and the air of fowl. But this snow will not last, although it is heavy, wet and thick. I draw my feet under my skirt, not for warmth, but to protect the letter.