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He recognized the signals instantly—she had cried earlier today. ” “Nothing,” she said, because she always said Nothing. He knew that in a moment she would tell him. She always told him everything, which had sometimes made him impatient. Now as she moved silently back and forth from counter to counter, from cupboard to stove, making another perfect dinner, he realized that she was not going to tell him. It made him uncomfortable. He began to try to guess. “You work too hard,” he said. “I've offered to get a maid or a cook.
I can't stand seeing you touch it. I told them they could leave it here for a few hours. ” The idea of the coffin staying in the house any longer was obviously repugnant to her. “Who left it here? And why us? It's not as if we're in the market. ” “The bishop called and asked me—asked me to let the mortuary people leave it here for the funeral tomorrow. He said nobody could get away to unlock the church and so could we take it here for a few hours—” It occurred to him that the mortuary would not have parted with a funeral-bound coffin unless it were full.
And, as was his habit, he got up and went to the window and opened the curtain. On the glass, suction cups clinging tightly, was the child. It was pressed close, as if by sucking very tightly it would be able to slither through the glass without breaking it. Far below were the honks of early morning traffic, the roar of passing trucks: but the child seemed oblivious to its height far above the street, with no ledge to break its fall. Indeed, there seemed little chance it would fall. The eyes looked closely, piercingly at Howard.