He pulled off his cap, in a movement of dream-liberation, and went across to her. But he could not touch her, because she stood barefoot in her night-dress, and he was muddy and damp. Her eyes, wide and large and wondering, watched him, and asked him the ultimate question. 'I came because I must, he said. 'Why do you ask? She looked at him in doubt and wonder. 'I must ask, she said.