1 In another moment she would step forth into the night, and his eyes, accustomed to the obscurity, would discern her as clearly as though she stood in daylight.
2 She moved forward a step or two and then paused again above the dip of the Corbury road.
3 "I told you I ain't the kind to be afraid" she tossed back, almost indifferently; and suddenly she began to walk on with a rapid step.
4 He stood in the darkness expecting to hear her step.
5 Having satisfied himself that there was no risk of immediate discovery he went back to the kitchen with a lighter step, and found Mattie disconsolately removing the last scraps of pickle from the floor.
6 "Good night, Matt," he said as she put her foot on the first step of the stairs.
7 She was bending over a pan on the stove; but at the sound of his step she turned with a start and sprang to him.
8 He listened for Zeena's step and, not hearing it, called her name up the stairs.
9 He advanced a step or two into the dim room.
10 He took a wild step forward and then stopped.
11 She lingered a moment, caught in the same strong current; then she slipped from him and drew back a step or two, pale and troubled.
12 Mattie lifted her hand with a quick gesture, and he heard his wife's step behind him.
13 Zeena came into the room with her dragging down-at-the-heel step, and quietly took her accustomed seat between them.
14 As he stood there he heard a step behind him and she entered.
15 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.