Veronica’s wedding to Arthur is now firmly planned, but she’s still sad because of what seems to her an unbridgeable gap between her, Kathleen and Jonah.
Back at the farm, Kathleen’s walking across the yard, followed by Crackers the cat, when she sees a man looking at the farmhouse and holding a piece of paper. He looks lost, so Kathleen asks him how she can help. He explains that he’s looking for Kathleen Grennan. She identifies himself, tells him she’s not called Grennan anymore, but asks him what he wants.
He identifies himself as Arthur Western and tells her that he’ll shortly be married to Veronica. Kathleen’s face drains of colour and she asks him coldly what she wants and why she couldn’t face her in person. He tells her that Veronica has no idea that he’s there; that he knows how sorry she’s been over what happened, and that she’s written to her family in England at last. Kathleen retorts that Veronica still hasn’t written to her own son – and that says a lot – that Veronica’s loss has been her gain. She says that she will never give Jonah up – not ever.
He pleads for a hearing and she agrees, inviting him in for a cup of tea. He admires the room, and sees a painting on the cottage wall of three young people. He recognises Veronica and Kathleen from it. He asks whether Kathleen painted it. She tells him that Veronica had painted it and given it to her before she’d left England. He tells her about the snow globe that’s the only thing that Veronica has kept from home. Kathleen asks him where Veronica has been all the time since she left the farm.
He tells her that she’s been in Dublin and how they’d met one Christmas when he’d thought that she was about to commit suicide. Kathleen was horrified. She asks whether she was really thinking of jumping in the Liffey. He admits that she probably doesn’t know the answer to that herself, but it had given him a fright. Kathleen recognises that he’s probably a nice man, but tells him that he still hasn’t said why he’s come.
He tells her that he just wants to know whether Kathleen could think of forgiving Veronica – her loss has been Kathleen’s gain as she’s said herself. He says that Veronica had never thought of taking Jonah back and that she’d never have dreamt of leaving him with anyone else. She hadn’t wanted her son brought up in poverty; she couldn’t return to England; and she couldn’t put him up for adoption. Kathleen had been her only hope. She’d never planned to leave in the way she did and has lived with guilt and shame ever since – thinking that everyone hates her.
Other than asking Kathleen to forgive her, he asks whether she’d consider being his wedding present to Veronica by being at her wedding. It would make her so happy. He asks her to consider it – he isn’t asking her to decide there and then. He tells her that he’ll have to leave so that he won’t be late home – he doesn’t want Veronica to know what he’s done. He leaves her with details of the wedding and thanks her for listening to him. She gives him a lift to the station.
When she returns she tells her mam and nan about her visitor and, that night, she asks Sean what he thinks she should do. They talk it over and, listening to him, she agrees to go to the wedding if he’ll go with her. The following day she tells her grandad who says that she’s probably made the right decision. She calls Jonah over and tells him what’s been happening and what she’s decided.
Jonah asks whether Veronica will want to take him back and she assures him that she won’t. He asks whether she and Veronica were best friends and she tells him that they were – ever since they were babies. He tells her that she should make friends again and go to the wedding. Kathleen was really proud of him and Sean asks Jonah whether he’d like to go fishing the following day. Jonah was delighted.
Tomorrow – Veronica gets a visitor
Today’s featured photo is another from the village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. As with all my Irish photos. I took it with my Pentax K3-ii camera and a 16-85 mm lens. The shutter speed was 1/100 secs, the aperture f/8, the focal length 28 mm and the ISO 400.