The doctor searched vainly for a breath of wind, from the height of one hundred feet to that of five miles; his starting-point remained fatally right below him, and absolute calm
seemed to reign, up to the extreme limits of the breathing atmosphere.
I have no doubt they got ashore, in that calm
weather (making all due allowance for fatigue and clumsy rowing), before day-break.
That lively cry upon this deadly calm
might almost convert a better man.
But at the moment when he imagined himself calmed
by such reflections, she suddenly came into his mind as she was at the moments when he had most strongly expressed his insincere love for her, and he felt the blood rush to his heart and had again to get up and move about and break and tear whatever came to his hand.
Came days of fog, when even Maud's spirit drooped and there were no merry words upon her lips; days of calm
, when we floated on the lonely immensity of sea, oppressed by its greatness and yet marvelling at the miracle of tiny life, for we still lived and struggled to live; days of sleet and wind and snow-squalls, when nothing could keep us warm; or days of drizzling rain, when we filled our water-breakers from the drip of the wet sail.
It is the calm
that brings ships mysteriously together; it is your wind that is the great separator.