1. It was one morning when the details of his lonely state were virtually
unendurable that he woke with the thought that she was
2. It was two hours later that this pale figure of a man appeared in the Murrays'
doorway, dusty, perspiring, eager.
3. It was in the seventh year of these hopeless peregrinations, in the dawn of a
similar springtime to that in which his wife had died, that he came at last one
night to the vicinity of this self-same patch that crowned
the rise to the Red Cliff.
4. It was one night, after he had looked after the front and the back door,
wound the clock, blown out the light, and gone through all the selfsame
motions that he had indulged in for years, that he went to bed not so much to
sleep as to think.