shrinking, except an occasional lowering of the voice.
Seeing this, I ventured to joke him a little ·on his previous reluctance, and he replied in the same strain.
I seated myself at the corner, and began sketching old Fort Louis
, while he strolled along the piazza, looking in at the large, vacant windows.
As he approached the farther end, I suddenly heard him give a little cry of amazement or dismay, and, looking up, saw him leaning against the wall, with pale face and hands clenched.
A minute sometimes appears a long while; and though I sprang to him instantly, yet I remember that it seemed as if, during that instant, the whole face of things had changed.
The breeze had come, the bay was rippled, the sail-boats careened to the wind, fishes and birds were gone, and a dark gray cloud had come between us and the sun. Such sudden changes are not, however, uncommon after an interval of calm; and my only conscious thought at the time was of wonder at the strange aspect of my companion.
“What was that?”
in a bewildered tone.
I looked about me, equally puzzled.