Listen, do you know how far we are from the road going to the Long Kloof?
Five days had passed since they had come for him that morning. Three since they had brought him to the Forest.
Yes. The secret I want to show you is on the way there.
Ive got five shillings Where did you get it from? My mother gave it to me in case. Where’s it now? Where I’ve hidden it. If you show me how to get out of this Forest, I’ll tell you.
Don’t beat him, Elias
Stop worrying, Barta. As from tomorrow I’m going to put him on the beams and teach him to hold an axe so that he can sweat out his nonsense
No, Elias said to himself as he sat down to think over the whole situation again, it was all well and good, but something must be done before things really got out of hand.
I think its time that I gave both of you work to do. Take the pole and fetch that log over there and get it on to the scaffold.
After a while he had to admit they were not doing badly.
Where’s Lukas? I don’t know, Pa. I went looking for him, Pa. What did you say? I went looking for him, Pa. You’re hurting me, Pa! Where’s Lukas, I asked! He ran away, Pa. I begged him to turn back, but he wouldn’t.
I’ve got to catch up with him, Barta. What else? Get the lantern ready and fetch my coat, I want to catch up with the little idiot before he sets foot on the gravel road and it might take me until after dark!
Elias, what are you doing now?
There was only one thing to do and he had to do it fast. When he tore the ox rein from the hook, Barta grabbed him by the arm.
Five days had passed since they had come for him that morning at W