Outside, the rain pounds on the hillside. Does it rain in the Marish tonight? Stel always did forget to water her roses; this storm will do them good. Maybe her garden will survive the neglect.
Maybe the rain can cure more than a flower’s thirst? Can it wash away these last few months’ hurt? A great flood, to wash all those crude men past the Bounds -- that’s the ticket.
Would that I had a cask of ale -- or three -- to wash away this pain!
Stel is of course Estella Bolger, Fatty's sister who goes on to marry Merry Brandybuck
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