[chapter 22][p. 68]
The mistress of Teliranta had to remain at Syrjämäki. Hilja was very near her time, and because there was no one close at hand to call upon, she could not leave Hilja helpless with small children and night coming on. She found out what preparations Hilja had made — they were just about what she expected.
"I had good grounds for thinking I'd be spared all this now," Hilja sighed.
"Yes, no wonder. It would have been enough with those you have already."
"Yes, yes, it would, but it can't be helped."
The pains gradually became regular; it was obvious that the child would be born within the hour. And there was still no sign of Jalmari.
"There, there, don't worry," the mistress of Teliranta said. "You've never had any trouble with such things before; hasn't it always gone as it should?
"Yes, indeed it has. Now I must get to bed — it's starting now — oh, dear God, what a life."
"Now don't get upset — Jalmari will be here soon."
"Oh dear, and then there's the poor cow — how is it?"
"Much better, it's already chewing the cud."
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