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interest or of alarm, would tell me. I waited, but nothing came; then, in the first place-
and there is something more dire in this, I feel, than in anything I have to relate-I was
determined by a sense that, within a minute, all sounds from her had previously
dropped; and, in the second, by the circumstance that, also within the minute, she had,
in her play, turned her back to the water. This was her attitude when I at last looked at
her-looked with the confirmed conviction that we were still, together, under direct
personal notice. She had picked up a small flat piece of wood, which happened to have
in it a little hole that had evidently suggested to her the idea of sticking in another
fragment that might figure as a mast and make the thing a boat. This second morsel, as
I watched her, she was very markedly and intently attempting to tighten in its place.
My apprehension of what she was doing sustained me so that after some seconds I felt I
was ready for more. Then I again shifted my eyes-I faced what I had to face.