1 He advanced a step or two into the dim room.
2 He stood up also, looking vaguely about the room.
3 Of late, however, there had been no room in his thoughts for such vague apprehensions.
4 He and Zeena had not exchanged a word after the door of their room had closed on them.
5 Then the room grew perfectly black, and not a sound was audible but Zeena's asthmatic breathing.
6 When the door of her room had closed on her he remembered that he had not even touched her hand.
7 He turned to the shelf above the chimney, groped for matches and lit the one candle in the room.
8 The name had benumbed him again, and once more he felt as if Zeena were in the room between them.
9 I guess I'll lay down on the bed a little while, she answered mildly; and he turned and walked out of the room.
10 It is powerful cold down here, Ethan assented; and with lowered head he went up in his wife's wake, and followed her across the threshold of their room.
11 Now, in the warm lamplit room, with all its ancient implications of conformity and order, she seemed infinitely farther away from him and more unapproachable.
12 As he lay there he could hear Mattie moving about in her room, and her candle, sending its small ray across the landing, drew a scarcely perceptible line of light under his door.
13 Thence, still hugging the shadow, he edged his way cautiously forward to the nearest window, holding back his straight spare body and craning his neck till he got a glimpse of the room.
14 The room was almost dark, but in the obscurity he saw her sitting by the window, bolt upright, and knew by the rigidity of the outline projected against the pane that she had not taken off her travelling dress.
15 It was the first time they had ever spoken so openly of her attitude toward Mattie, and the repetition of the name seemed to carry it to the farther corners of the room and send it back to them in long repercussions of sound.
16 She let Denis Eady lead out the horse, climb into the cutter and fling back the bearskin to make room for her at his side; then, with a swift motion of flight, she turned about and darted up the slope toward the front of the church.
17 The clock ticked above the dresser, a piece of charred wood fell now and then in the stove, and the faint sharp scent of the geraniums mingled with the odour of Ethan's smoke, which began to throw a blue haze about the lamp and to hang its greyish cobwebs in the shadowy corners of the room.
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