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Chapter 2 Part 1

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My Grandmother

Part 1

 

A

1. I myself had two separate encounters with witches before I was eight years old.

2. From the first I escaped unharmed, but on the second occasion I was not so lucky.

3. Things happened to me that will probably make you scream when you read about them.

4. That can't be helped.

5. The truth must be told.

 

B

1. The fact that I am still here and able to speak to you (however peculiar I may look) is due entirely to my wonderful grandmother.

2. My grandmother was Norwegian.

3. The Norwegians know all about witches, for Norway, with its black forests and icy mountains, is where the first witches came from.

4. My father and my mother were also Norwegian, but because my father had a business in England,.

5. I had been born there and had lived there and had started going to an English school.

 

C

1. Twice a year, at Christmas and in the summer, we went back to Norway to visit my grandmother.

2. This old lady, as far as I could gather, was just about the only surviving relative we had on either side of our family.

3. She was my mother's mother and I absolutely adored her.

4. When she and I were together we spoke in either Norwegian or in English.

5. It didn't matter which. We were equally fluent in both languages, and I have to admit that I felt closer to her than to my mother.

 

D

1. Soon after my seventh birthday, my parents took me as usual to spend Christmas with my grandmother in Norway.

2. And it was over there, while my father and mother and I were driving in icy weather just north of Oslo, that our car skidded off the road and went tumbling down into a rocky ravine.

3. My parents were killed.

4. I was firmly strapped into the back seat and received only a cut on the forehead.

5. I won't go into the horrors of that terrible afternoon.

 

E

1. I still get the shivers when I think about it.

2. I finished up, of course, back in my grandmother's house with her arms around me tight and both of us crying the whole night long.

3. "What are we going to do now?" I asked her through the tears.

4. "You will stay here with me," she said, "and I will look after you."

 

F

1. "Aren't I going back to England?"

2. "No," she said.

3. "I could never do that.

4. Heaven shall take my soul, but Norway shall keep my bones."

 

 

G

1. The very next day, in order that we might both try to forget our great sadness, my grandmother started telling me stories.

2. She was a wonderful story-teller and I was enthralled by everything she told me.

3. But I didn't become really excited until she got on to the subject of witches.

4. She was apparently a great expert on these creatures and she made it very clear to me that her witch stories, unlike most of the others, were not imaginary tales.

 

H

1. They were all true.

2. They were the gospel truth.

3. They were history.

4. Everything she was telling me about witches had actually happened and I had better believe it.

5. What was worse, what was far, far worse, was that witches were still with us.

 

I

1. They were all around us and I had better believe that, too.

2. "Are you really being truthful, Grandmamma? Really and truly truthful?"

3. "My darling," she said, "you won't last long in this world if you don't know how to spot a witch when you see one."

4. "But you told me that witches look like ordinary women, Grandmamma.

5. So how can I spot them?"

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