The Earl of Dike
Decades carved into a face
The wide-brimmed felt hat deep in the face. Eyes like quicksilver flaming out of the dark below. Furrows chiselled bold and deep around a tight-lipped mouth. A gray stubbly beard, which neither sea water nor foam could ever master. A sinewy neck disappears in the waving trenches of a heavy raincoat. Out on his horse in any wind and weather riding along the dams that protect the backcountry from a furious sea: It's the Earl of Dike.
To find out more about the Earl of Dike, more commonly known as dike master Hauke Haien, read Theodor Storm's «The Rider on the White Horse».
Bibliophiles are unpredictable. Yesterday still on top, now already in the lower third of the stack. The Earl of Dike
Cathy Haynes and Sally O'Reilly