From Part One: In the Fold
Their mother, Heleen O'Leary, had believed in reason, in spite of her faith. Reason told her that the fire in?aming her joints after her daughter Moira's birth was a warning. Her second delivery a year and a half later and the premature birth of yet another girl, achieved with forceps that left the child's skull permanently misshapen, reminded her that faith was more useful than reason, particularly when she had no choice in the matter.
"A boy?" her husband wanted to know.
"The rooster will do as he fancies," she replied, not unkindly.
Although she had never taken to the rural farm life of the Beare...