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76 TO THE LIGHTHOUSEthe ecstasy burst in her eyes and waves of pure de-light raced over the floor of her mind and she felt, Itis enough! It is enough!

He turned and saw her. Ah! She was lovely,lovelier now than ever he thought. But he couldnot speak to her. He could not interrupt her. Hewanted urgently to speak to her now that James wasgone and she was alone at last. But he resolved, no;he would not interrupt her. She was aloof from himnow in her beauty, in her sadness. He would let herbe, and he passed her without a word, though it hurthim that she should look so distant, and he could notreach her, he could do nothing to help her. Andagain he would have passed her without a word hadshe not, at that very moment, given him of her ownfree will what she knew he would never ask, andcalled to him and taken the green shawl off the pic-ture frame, and gone to him. For he wished, sheknew, to protect her.


She folded the green shawl about her shoulders.She took his arm. His beauty was so great, she said,beginning to speak of Kennedy the gardener at once;he was so awfully handsome, that she couldn’t dis-miss him. There was a ladder against the green-house, and little lumps of putty stuck about, for theywere beginning to mend the greenhouse roof. Yes,but as she strolled along with her husband, she feltthat that particular source of worry had been placed.She had it on the tip of her tongue to say, as theystrolled: 'It ’ll cost fifty pounds,' but instead, for herheart failed her about money, she talked about