“Rafe’s wife Helen bursts into tears when she hears the news. ‘He will be away at court,’ she says, ‘for weeks at a time.’
He sits with her in the parlour at Brick Place, consoling her as best he can. ‘This is the best thing that has ever happened for Rafe, I know,’ she says. ‘I am a fool to weep over it. But I cannot bear to be parted from him, nor he from me. When he is late I send men to look along the road. I wish we could be under the same roof every night we live.’
‘He is a lucky man,’ he says. ‘And I don’t mean just lucky in the king’s favour. You are both of you lucky. To love so much.’
- Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
I am in the home stretch of my husband being away at Officer Basic Training camp -- just under two weeks left until he comes home. However, I've noticed it gets harder and harder the longer he's gone, not easier, and this quote completely captures how I feel about it. I know it's a great opportunity, but sometimes I wish it were different!