There was a very light off-shore wind and scarcely any breakers, so that the approach to the shore was continued without finding bottom; yet though we were already quite close, we saw no indication of any indention in the coast from which even a tiny brooklet
might issue, and certainly no mouth of a large river such as this must necessarily be to freshen the ocean even two hundred yards from shore.
The description of Hetty's and Arthur's souls, "mingfling] as easily as two brooklets
that ask for nothing but to entwine themselves and ripple with ever-interlacing curves in the leafiest hiding-places" (144), plays on Keats's line: "beneath the whisp'ring roof / Of leaves and trembled blossoms, where there ran / A brooklet
, scarce espied" (11.
would form in the fields, in the barnyard in wheel tracks.
heaving small chunks of us away, worm residues
His unashamed ambivalence wins over the urbanite in me, allows me to rejoice when Roorbach finally discovers the source of Temple Stream--two springs from which brooklets
emerge, which soon combine, growing bigger and bigger .