TIME PASSESshape clearly there seemed to drop into thissilence this indifference, this integrity, the thud ofsomething falling.

[A shell exploded. Twenty or thirty youngmen were blown up in France, among themAndrew Ramsay, whose death, mercifully, wasinstantaneous.]

At that season those who had gone down topace the beach and ask of the sea and sky whatmessage they reported or what vision theyaiiirmed had to consider among the_usual tokensof divine bounty——the sunset on the sea, thepallor of dawn, the moon rising, fishing-boatsagainst the moon, and children pelting eachother with handfuls of grass,—something outof harmony with this jocundity, this serenity.There was the silent apparition of an ashencoloured ship for instance, come, gone; there wasa purplish stain upon the bland surface of the seaas if something had boiled and bled, invisibly,beneath. This intrusion into a scene calculatedto stir the most sublime reflections and lead to themost comfortable conclusions stayed their pacing. it was difiicult blandly to overlook them, toabolish their significance in the landscape; toContinue, as one walked by the sea, to marvel how `eauty outside mirrored beauty within.Did Nature supplement what man advanced?207

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