Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll
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said to be even better at stopping diarrhea. The problem

was, they had no dried mutton. Out in the storehouse were

several dried fish, and also a barrel of salted whale meat.

Martimann had been the anchorman in the Geil house even

since he and Betta had married. Many summers he had

sailed with the Scottish sloop

Glen Rose

, and much of that

income went to renovating the dilapidated house. He put

new pieces of bark on the roof and asked Ludda-Kristjan to

build a double window, which he himself installed. The

house was set on stony ground, and Martimann built a

chimney in the northwest corner. He placed stones on a

small piece of ground in front of the chimney, and that is

where he set the stove. The smoking parlor was converted

into a kitchen, and all the sunlight that streamed in through

the new window quite literally heralded brighter days.

The floor was finished, and the plan was to build a kitchen

table where Betta could sort clothes and attend to other

household tasks. Martimann was a driven soul, and during

the years he lived in the Geil house, there was no dearth.

By New Year’s, however, there was not much money left and

Old Tóvó could hardly go to country surgeon Regenburg or

Dr. Napoleon empty-handed and ask them to come and see

to Martimann.

Nonetheless, Old Tóvó spoke to Napoleon, and the doctor

told him that dedicated care was about the best they could