1 The hush of midnight lay on the village, and all its waking life was gathered behind the church windows, from which strains of dance-music flowed with the broad bands of yellow light.
2 One cold winter morning, as he dressed in the dark, his candle flickering in the draught of the ill-fitting window, he had heard her speak from the bed behind him.
3 "Well, when she gets married, I mean," his wife's drawl came from behind him.
4 At the moment, however, his one desire was to avoid the long drive with her behind the ancient sorrel who never went out of a walk.
5 Here and there a star pricked through, showing behind it a deep well of blue.
6 In an hour or two the moon would push over the ridge behind the farm, burn a gold-edged rent in the clouds, and then be swallowed by them.
7 As they sat thus he heard a sound behind him and turned his head.
8 The fitful bursts of sleet had changed into a steady rain and the horses had heavy work even without a load behind them.
9 Mattie lifted her hand with a quick gesture, and he heard his wife's step behind him.
10 A red sun stood over the grey rim of the fields, behind trees that looked black and brittle.
11 As he stood there he heard a step behind him and she entered.
12 At the kitchen door Daniel Byrne sat in his sleigh behind a big-boned grey who pawed the snow and swung his long head restlessly from side to side.
13 She had not heard Ethan's call because she was sobbing and she did not hear his step till he stood close behind her and laid his hands on her shoulders.
14 When it was in place they stood side by side on the door-step, watching Daniel Byrne plunge off behind his fidgety horse.
15 As they drove away the sun sank behind the hill and the pine-boles turned from red to grey.