Smith's intense ter- ror; Amy Foster's stolid conviction held against the other's nervous attack, that the man 'meant no harm'; Smith's exasperation (on his return from Darnford Market) at finding the dog barking himself into a fit, the back-door locked, his wife in hysterics; and all for an unfortunate dirty tramp, supposed to be even then lurking in his stackyard
. Was he?
The Donnithorne Arms stood at the entrance of the village, and a small farmyard and stackyard
which flanked it, indicating that there was a pretty take of land attached to the inn, gave the traveller a promise of good feed for himself and his horse, which might well console him for the ignorance in which the weather-beaten sign left him as to the heraldic bearings of that ancient family, the Donnithornes.
Still, the sight of the peacock opportunely spreading his tail on the stackyard
wall, just as they reached Garum Firs, was enough to divert the mind temporarily from personal grievances.
In the 1850s he invested pounds 275,000 developing Leighton Model Farm around four stackyards