Owen, disapproving of the whole business, refused to buy a programme, and settled himself in his seat prepared for the worst.
During the whole of the first act Owen attributed to this his feeling of familiarity with what was going on on the stage.
He filled Owen's glass, and Owen drank, and felt better.
It seemed to Owen that Mr Prosser was tending to get a little above himself.
Owen Warland felt the impulse to give external reality to his ideas as irresistibly as any of the poets or painters who have arrayed the world in a dimmer and fainter beauty, imperfectly copied from the richness of their visions.
Sometimes he was startled by the rap of the watchman, who, when all the world should be asleep, had caught the gleam of lamplight through the crevices of Owen Warland's shutters.
She had worn a hole through her silver thimble, and wanted Owen to repair it.
Anything for your sake, Annie," said Owen Warland,--"anything, even were it to work at Robert Danforth's forge.
But that is a strange idea of yours," said Owen, "about the spiritualization of matter.
What the prophet, the poet, the reformer, the criminal, or any other man with human yearnings, but separated from the multitude by a peculiar lot, might feel, poor Owen felt.
Owen Warland made proof of whatever show of bliss may be found in riot.
From this perilous state he was redeemed by an incident which more than one person witnessed, but of which the shrewdest could not explain or conjecture the operation on Owen Warland's mind.