Story: PART THE FIRST; 2
There, in the midst of its farms, appeared the Acadian Village. Strongly built were the houses, with frames of Oak and of Chestnut, such as the peasants of Normandy built in the reign of the Henries. Thatched were the roofs, with dormer windows; and Gables projecting over the basement below protected and shaded the doorway. There in the tranquil evenings of summer, when brightly the sunset lighted the Village Street, and fell upon the vanes on the chimneys, matrons and maidens sat in leather and linen wear, spin the golden flax. The gossiping looms whose noisy shuttles within doors, mingle their sound with the wirl of the wheels and the songs of the maidens.