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Daily Snippet #19: Page 134 / 100 Words

Hilary Mantel. The Mirror & the Light. NY: Henry Holt, 2020.

“But I remember her, he thinks: at dawn, singing on the stairs. I remember the sick-room at the castle, and Katherine shrunken into her cape of ermines: her face marked with what she has already endured, and what she knew she would endure in the weeks to come. No wonder she was not afraid of the axe. ‘Contemptible,’ Katherine had called him that day. He remembers the young woman – whom he knows, now, was Bess Darrell – gliding away with a basin. Master Cromwell, Katherine had asked him, do you take the sacraments still? In what language do you confess? Or…

Thomas Cromwell, by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532-33 – wikipedia

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Hilary Mantel, Image from The Daily Beast

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