T0 THE LIGHTHOUSELily Briscoe, who wondered why such concealments should be necessary; why he needed alwayspraise; why so brave a man in thought should beso timid in life; how strangely he was venerableand laughable at one and the same time.

Teaching and preaching is beyond humanpower, Lily suspected. (She was putting awayher things). Ifyou are exalted you must somehowcome a cropper. Mrs. Ramsay gave him whathe asked too easily. Then the change must be soupsetting, Lily said. He comes in from hisbooks and finds us all playing games and talkingnonsense. Imagine what a change from the thingshe thinks about, she said.

He was bearing down upon them. Now hestopped dead and stood looking in silence at thesea. Now he had turned away again.

Yes, Mr. Bankes said, watching him go. Itwas a thousand pities. (Lily had said somethingabout his frightening her———he changed from onemood to another so suddenly.) Yes, said Mr.Bankes, it was a thousand pities that Ramsaycould not behave a little more like other people.(For he liked Lily Briscoe; he could discussRamsay with her quite openly.) It was for that74

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