Hands symbolise loving relationships in the story. Clare explains the word subtle to her father through action. She took his haun in mines and turnt it roon so his palm face upwards. Having pressed doon on his palm with her glittery finger, the imprint of Clare’s finger left sparkly wee trails of light. Clare imprints this loving memory, reflecting on it on the day of her father’s funeral.

Clare is comforted by her mother after her father’s death:

We sat for a long time, no speakin, just haudin hands

Although they are not ready to speak about their loss, by holding hands Clare and her mother share a physical connection, reminding them that they still have each other. It symbolises the loving bond between mother and child.

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