The disruption of this chilly pastoral comes with the foot-and-mouth. For Ken it is a double visitation, since he must also endure the plague of the outside world just as the emotional life that he has transferred to his doomed beasts is denied him.
The action hovers between gothic threat and female healing. But what must be healed cannot be spoken in this stoically inarticulate setting, so Chambers must rely on our reading between the lines. In fact this is all too easy to do from early on, and theplay proceeds at a ruminative plod towards its surprisingly gentle conclusion.
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