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Further out from the coast, where the sea had been deepest, there seemed tracks of sand; and far away over this newly exposed desert rose other hills, clearly seen through the unclouded atmosphere, and which they knew to be the rocks of France, and if they should arrive there, what was the hope they offered?
Scarce any — nothing but more pilgrimage.
Further wandering, Paulette and Ellen sat apart while the children lay sleeping, side by side, for an hour or two, at this point of thei the same influence.
Ellen and he would not dwell on the sight after the first contemplation of it; they passed on, shuddering, and made toward the great wall of rock which they saw rising to the south, and which must be their way to the land of France.
But before they reached it, the sun began to decline; and without light it was in vain to attempt to seek a path.
There was a wind, keener than they had felt of late, which came from the west, and the little Alice pressed on her father's bosom
t, and threatened a speedy fall.
There was here and there a spire rising perfect over the ruins; there were remains of Whitehall, strong though blackened, seen over a long view of prostrate streets; and in the distance beyond, fragments of Westminster Abbey showed themselves in the sunlight, though defaced and crumbled as if the frame had been too ancient to resist the fire.
Guided by these landmarks, Paulette traced out the plan of the city, and by degrees recognized where the great streets ch brave, good men in the old world, father?"
"Ay, that there were," said Paulette, "many a glorious one; some known and some unknown, who did things which made one know one's self — a glorious and immortal creature.
See, there, that ruined Abbey — there lay the ashes of brave and good; these are their crumbled monuments-- 'that fane where fame is a spectral resident.' Alas, there is no fame, no name left!"
Paulette and Charles went down among the ruins of the Abbey, and there, amids