The George and the Crown

The George and the Crown

The George and the Crown

The George and the Crown

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His name was Thomas Sheather, and he was born in the Ouse Valley of Sussex, between Lewes and New- haven--her name was Kitty le Couteur, and she lived at the Pêche à Agneau, in the island of Sark; so it was strange that they should have met and married. Nevertheless, their marriage took place in the little island church of Peter the Fisherman, among the memorials of the drowned, with their refrain: "Ta voie a été par la mer et tes sentiers dans les grosses eaux."

Tom had come to Guernsey in a coaster from Deal, a tramp which had butted her way along the coasts of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, and Dorset, and then adventured south in the tomato season. There had been a longish wait for repairs at St.Sampson's--the Queen of the May had been built for coasting, and the coasts of England, even at Land's End, have no weather like the weather of the Casquets and the Burhous. Tom had spent a great deal of his time ashore, exploring this new island of forts and greenhouses, and he had met Kitty le Couteur at the home of her cousins, the le Cheminants, who kept an eating house in St. Peter Port.

Kitty was small and slim and dark, with big black eyes burning in her pointed face. She wore little dark modest garments with long tight sleeves, and demure aprons of which she was not ashamed. She had never seen a railway, and was afraid to go in a tram-car. She was quite unlike . . .

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