They suffered her to glide out of the portal, however, without a greeting; for those extended hands, even while they blessed, seemed to repel, as if Miriam stood on the other side of a fathomless abyss, and warned them from its verge. So Kenyon won the gentle Hilda's shy affection, and her consent to be his bride.
But, in Gloucester's case, there was no cliff and no abyss; and, in our case, it may be well to enquire whether the great gulf between the idea and the being of God has any more reality than that down which Gloucester, precipitating, flung himself. The premiss, that the idea of God is a mere verbal proposition, may be a premiss as imaginary as that from which Gloucester leaped.
And when I was sitting up there half-dead, and took your step for that of Phoebicius, the gods showed me a way to escape from him, and from you or anyone who would drag me back to him. When I fled to the edge of the abyss, I was raving and crazed, but what I then would have done in my madness, I would do now in cold blood as surely as I hope to see my own people in Arelas once more!
"Ach, I can hear something flowing, far out yonder, beyond the sea- line.... It is as though the water were pouring into the abyss. But oughtn't you to go home to Ellen now? I shall be all right alone overnight, and perhaps she's sitting worrying as to where you are." "I've sent to Ellen to tell her that I shouldn't be home overnight," said Pelle.
What must be the condescension of His majesty seeing that in so short a time He left so great an impression and so great a blessing on my soul! O my Lord, consider who she is upon whom Thou art bestowing such unheard-of blessings! Dost Thou forget that my soul has been an abyss of sin?
She had had to proceed with utmost caution lest she fall into some abyss in the darkness and in truth she had thrice come upon sheer drops and had been forced to take the most frightful risks to pass them.
Tallien then interrupted Saint-Just, and exclaimed violently: "No good citizen can restrain his tears at the wretched state of public affairs. We see nothing but divisions. Yesterday a member of the government separated himself from it to accuse it. To-day another does the same. Men still seek to attack each other, to increase the woes of the country, to precipitate it into the abyss.
Suddenly they saw the thin gleam of a river, at an immense distance below, and knew that they were upon the brink of the abyss that is now called Lug-na-Gael, or in English the Stranger's Leap. The six horses sprang forward, and five screams went up into the air, a moment later five men and horses fell with a dull crash upon the green slopes at the foot of the rocks.
She drooped before him shudderingly, her eyes hidden, as though to exclude the vision. "She had drowned herself?" "Yes." "Oh, poor thing poor thing!" They paused awhile, the minutes delving an abyss between them till he threw a few irrelevant words across the silence. "One of the gardeners found them." "Poor thing!" "It was sufficiently horrible." "Horrible oh!"
"I don't think I should like to be the post rider on this trail," decided Ned, gazing wide-eyed at the abyss. "Especially on a dark night," added Tad. "Or any other kind of a night," piped the fat boy. "Oh, I don't know about that," answered Walter. "On a dark night you couldn't see the gorge. What we don't know doesn't hurt us, eh?" "There is some logic in that," agreed the Professor.