Husband and relatives were the only visitors; the mistress of the household remained here all day with her slaves; she directed them, superintended the house-keeping, and distributed to them the flax for them to spin.
Was it not enough that one should find in her a woman who could spin the flax to make garments, and who had learned how to distribute duties to the slaves?
The beautiful maiden took the flax from her head, wound it round the stem of a slender birch, grasped the spindle, and began to spin.
She took out the spindle and unspun flax and looked in once more.
She put her hands to the unspun flax on her head and remembered the spindle that was lying unfilled on the grass.
Nor shall I be able to spin fine flax for his shirts!
When they got there she sat down under a tree and pulled the fibers of the flax from her head with her left hand, and with her right hand let down the spindle so that it went humming along the ground.
Then Betushka, clasping her hands to her head, where the unspunflax was twined, burst into tears.
Before the sun sank behind the woods all the flax was spun, even that which was left over from the day before.
Betushka had no distaff, so she wound the flax around her head.
She took down theflax and laid it with the spindle in the little basket.
And down by the weaver's croft I stole, To see if the flax were high; But I saw the weaver at his gate With the good news in his eye!
How will he laugh outright When he sees his dwindling flax field All full of flowers by night!
At present we are like the separate filaments of flax before the thread is formed, without strength, because without connection; but UNION would make us strong, and even formidable.
What becomes of the flax that grows with that flax-seed?
They renewed the rewards of silk, and put great penalties upon every neglect of makingflax and hemp.
Yet flax and hemp grow no where in the world better than there.
Experts say that in no other country can flax be grown with a fibre so strong and yet so fine as in Ireland.
It is well known that for flax growing and for linen bleaching Ireland is ahead of all countries.
It seems to be the country of all others that is best suited for the growth of flax out of which the finest linen fabrics can be made.
The flax which was brought in vessels from Holland was prepared for use in Cromarty, and distributed by boats along the coast to Wick and Thurso.