1. Sounds hesitating and vague floated in the air round him, shaped themselves
slowly into words; and at last flowed on gently in a murmuring stream of soft
and monotonous sentences.
2. Speak before both night and love are gone—and the eye of day looks upon
my sorrow and my shame; upon my blackened face; upon my
3. It was a time of peace. A time of deer hunts and cock fights; of idle talks and
foolish squabbles between men whose bellies are full and
weapons are rusty.
4. They brought news, too. Brought lies and truth mixed together, so that no
man knew when to rejoice and when to be sorry.
5. She sat in the middle of the canoe with covered face; silent as she is now;
unseeing as she is now—and I had no regret at what I was leaving because I
could hear her breathing close to me—as I can hear her
6. There was no better paddler, no better steersman than
7. We ran our canoe on the white beach of a little bay close to a long tongue of
land that seemed to bar our road; a long wooded cape going
far into the sea.
8. Before I heard my brother fire the third shot I saw the shelving shore, and I
saw the water again; the mouth of a broad river.