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THE LIGHTHOUSEthem on from one to another with an extraordinarylilt and exhilaration beside the reef. On the left arow of rocks showed brown through the waterwhich thinned and became greener and on one, ahigher rock, a wave incessantly broke and spurteda little column of drops which fell down in ashower. One could hear the slap of the water andthe patter of falling drops and a kind of hushingand hissing sound from the waves rolling andgambolling and slapping the rocks as if they werewild creatures who were perfectly free and tossedand tumbled and sported like this for ever.

Now they could see two men on the Lighthouse,watching them and making ready to meet them.

Mr. Ramsay buttoned his coat, and turned uphis trousers. He took the large, badly packed,brown paper parcel which Nancy had got readyand sat with it on his knee. Thus in completereadiness to land he sat looking back at the island.With his long-sighted eyes perhaps he could seethe dwindled leaf-like shape standing on end on aplate of gold quite clearly. What could he see?Cam wondered. It was all a blur to her. Whatwas he thinking now? she wondered. What wasit he sought, so fixedly, so intently, so silently?They watched him, both of them, sitting bare-headed with his parcel on his knee staring andstaring at the frail blue shape which seemed like317