A white hand was put forward, and the canoe glided on towards the bird.Presently the hand plunged downwards into the misty waters and the curlew wasbagged. Then, while Geoffrey was still struggling with his waistcoat, the canoesped towards him like a dream boat, and in another moment it was beneath hisrock, and a sweet dim face was looking up into his own.
He passed into the house like a man in a dream. In another moment he was in thelong parlour where he had spent so many happy hours, and Elizabeth was greetinghim. He shook hands with her, and as he did so, noticed vaguely that she toowas utterly unchanged. Her straw-coloured hair was pushed back from the templesin the same way, the mouth wore the same hard smile, her light eyes shone withthe same cold look; she even wore the same brown dress. But she appeared to bevery pleased to see him, as indeed she was, for the game looked well forElizabeth. Her father kissed her hurriedly, and bustled from the room to lockup his borrowed cash, leaving them together.
Then she brought the canoe quite close, and, watching her opportunity, steppedinto it, nearly falling into the water as she did so. But she recovered herbalance, and sat down. In another minute she was paddling out to sea with allher strength. 781b155fdc