1. More often, the moonlight or some sudden wind stirring in the trees or a
reconnoitering animal arousing him, he would sit up and think, or pursue his
quest in the moonlight or the dark, a strange, unnatural, half wild, half
savage-looking but utterly harmless creature, calling at lonely road crossings,
staring at dark and shuttered houses, and wondering where, where Phoebe
could really be.
2. They begged him to stay to dinner, intending to notify the authorities later
and see what could be done; but though he stayed to partake of a little
something, he did not stay long, and was off again to another distant
farmhouse, his idea of many things to do and his need of Phoebe impelling
him. So it went for that day and the next and the next, the circle of his
inquiry ever widening.