"Please God it may be so." They walked slowly homewards to The Bow in the clear warm dark of the midsummer-night. They had much to say to each other, and often they lingered on the way. They lingered again when they came to the gate by the paddock in the lane. Aileen looked towards the house. A light was burning in Mrs. Champney's room. "I'm afraid Mrs. Champney must be much worse.
There is a faint glimmer of coming dawn far away in the east, as we go forth into the midsummer-night, and we catch the distant notes of chanticleer, as he sounds his shrill réveille to the day.
For some time, listening to John's talk about the stars he had lately added astronomy to the many things he tried to learn and recalling with him all that we had heard and seen this day, I hardly felt my weariness. But gradually it grew upon me; my pace lagged slower and slower even the scented air of the midsummer-night imparted no freshness.