The proscribed texts of St Kilda were stored next to gannet-plumage stacked within the feather store. Copies of Marx and Darwin – smuggled in by dissident mainlanders – were stacked on a high shelf. Below them lay a book of fish recipes, imported by a dissident of another kind.
Most dangerous of all, however, was the Greek myth of Icarus, concealed behind a cover of gannet-skin, chained and padlocked below a sack of feathers.
‘In case it gives youngsters ideas,’ the minister explained.