More than once Magdalen had peeped round the screen, and had seen the old sailor unsteadily keeping his watch, and fancying
himself once more at his duty on board ship.
They were a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying
it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again.
But I could not help fancying
, now, that it moaned of those who were gone; and instead of thinking that the sea might rise in the night and float the boat away, I thought of the sea that had risen, since I last heard those sounds, and drowned my happy home.
Seeing, or fancying
, that I was suspected of an intention of carrying poison to him, I asked to be searched before I sat down at his bedside, and told the officer who was always there, that I was willing to do anything that would assure him of the singleness of my designs.
Miss Wilson rose vigorously, exclaiming: "I will soon let her know whether--" She checked herself, and looked round hastily, superstitiously fancying
that Agatha might have stolen into the room unobserved.