Charlie-"He wouldn't do that,Moll. It's just a threat. He can't do it. He just can't."
Molly-"He would, and he can. You know he can. And when the Colonel gets it into his head to do something, and he's in the mood to do it,he will. Look what he did to Bertha. He means it Charlie"
Almost quarter past 7
Thomas-"But the Colonel promised, and his wife did too before she died. She said she wanted mother looked after. And the Colonel said we could stay on in the cottage. Mother told us."
Molly-"Your mother reminded him of that. And d'you know what he said? He said that it had never been a promise as such, only his wife's wish, and that anyway the war had changed everything. He was making no exceptions. Charlie has to join up or we'll be out of the cottage at the end of the month."
They sat there, holding hands,Molly's head on Charlie's shoulder as evening fell.