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From The Lost Phoebe
by Theodore Dreiser
Noun Absolutes Ex # 5

1. Once in his weird mood he thought he saw a pale light moving about the 

room, and another time he thought he saw her walking in the orchard after dark.
 

2. He had not seen the aged farmer in months, not since his wife's death, and 

he wondered now, seeing him looking so spry.
 

3. They could not see him, with homely rural understanding and forethought, 

sheltering himself in hay-cocks, or by the sides of cattle, whose warm bodies 

protected him from the cold, and whose dull understandings were not opposed 

to his harmless presence.
 

4. Sometimes, after throwing away his cane, and finding it indicating the 

direction from which he had just come, he would shake his head wearily and 

philosophically, as if contemplating the unbelievable or an untoward fate, and 

then start briskly off.
 

5. He had been expecting and dreaming of this hour all these years, and now as

he saw the feeble light dancing lightly before him he peered at it questioningly, 

one thin hand in his gray hair.