TO THE LIGHTHOUSEWe might all sit down and cry, she felt. But shedid not know what for.

They drew ahead together, Paul and Minta,and he comforted her, and said how famous he wasfor finding things. Once when he was a little boyhe had found a gold watch. He would get up atdaybreak and he was positive he would find it. Itseemed to him that it would be almost dark, andhe would be alone on the beach, and somehow itwould be rather dangerous. He began telling her,however, that he would certainly find it, and shesaid that she would not hear of his getting up atdawn: it was lost: she knew that: she had hada presentiment when she put it on that afternoon.And secretly he resolved that he would not tell her,but he would slip out of the house at dawn whenthey were all asleep and if he could not find it hewould go to Edinburgh and buy her another, justlike it but more beautiful. He would prove whathe could do. And as they came out on the hilland saw the lights of the town beneath them, thelights coming out suddenly one by one seemedlike things that were going to happen to him—hismarriage, his children, his house; and again hethought, as they came out on to the high road,which was shaded with high bushes, how theywould retreat into solitude together, and walk onand on, he always leading her, and she pressing122
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