and colours, but I never see them. I only hear them just as I do when I'm awake.'
'It's difficult to see faces in dreams. Some people can, but most of us haven't the gift,' I went on, looking up at the window where the child stood all but hidden.
'I've heard that too,' she said. 'And they tell me that one never sees a dead person's face in a dream. Is that true?'
'I believe it is—now I come to think of it.'
'But how is it with yourself—yourself?' The blind eyes turned towards me.
'I have never seen the faces of my dead in any dream,' I answered.
'Then it must be as bad as being blind.'
The sun had dipped behind the woods and the long shades were possessing the insolent horsemen one by one. I saw the light die from off the top of a glossy-leaved lance and all the brave hard green turn to soft black. The house, accepting another day at end, as it had accepted an hundred thousand gone, seemed to settle deeper into its rest among the shadows.
'Have you ever wanted to?' she said after the silence.
'Very much sometimes,' I replied. The child had left the window as the shadows closed upon it.
'Ah So've I, but I don't suppose it's allowed. . . . Where d'you live?'
'Quite the other side of the county—sixty miles and more, and I must be going back. I've come without my big lamp.'