By Ethan Wharton; Anita Shreve; Susanna Moore
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He let the vision possess him as they climbed the hill to the house. He was never so happy with her as when he abandoned himself to these dreams. Half-way up the slope Mattie stumbled against some unseen obstruction and clutched his sleeve to steady herself. The wave of warmth that went through him was like the prolongation of his vision. For the ﬁrst time he stole his arms about her, and she did not resist. They walked on as if they were ﬂoating on a summer stream. Zeena always went to bed as soon as she had had her supper, and the shutterless windows of the house were dark.
At length they sighted the group of larches at Ethan’s gate, and as they drew near it the sense that the walk was over brought back his words. ’’ The answer sent a pang through him but the tone suffused him with joy. He forgot what else he had meant to say and pressed her against him so closely that he seemed to feel her warmth in his veins. ’’ ‘‘No, of course I’m not,’’ she quavered. They turned in at the gate and passed under the shaded knoll where, enclosed in a low fence, the Frome grave-stones slanted at crazy angles through the snow.
The girl was more than the bright serviceable creature he had thought her. She had an eye to see and an ear to hear: he could show her things and tell her things, and taste the bliss of feeling that all he imparted left long reverberations and echoes he could wake at will. It was during their night walks back to the farm that he felt most intensely the sweetness of this communion. He had always been more sensitive than the people about him to the appeal of natural beauty. His unﬁnished studies had given form to this sensibility and even in his unhappiest moments ﬁeld and sky spoke to him with a deep and 29 Edith Wharton powerful persuasion.