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about. Then she says that now you have learnt something

you will never forget.

From that day on Ingrid cards much faster than Barbro,

who is thereby relieved of this drudgery and can be in the

barn or the boathouse repairing fishing nets like a man.

WINTER BEGINS WITH A STORM. It is called The First

Winter Storm. There have been storms here before, for

example in August and September, bringing sudden and

merciless turbulence to their lives.

But as a rule these storms are short-lived. It is during one of

them that the trees lose their leaves. As mentioned before,

there are not many trees on the island but there are enough

fruit bushes and dwarf birches and sallows - whose leaves in

the course of late summer turn yellow, which then turn

brown and red at varying rates - to make the island on

some days in September resemble a rainbow on earth. And

that is how it looks until a sudden storm is unleashed upon

them, sweeping the colours into the sea, transforming

Barrøy into a squealing, brown-furred animal, which it will

remain until the next spring, unless it resembles a white-

haired corpse beneath heaps of snow and slush, and the

shifting snow comes and goes and comes once more, lying

in drifts as though trying to imitate the sea on land. But