The incident with which this tale commences found Pearson in a state of religious dulness, yet mentally disquieted, and longing for a more fervid faith than he possessed.
And now the tale must stride forward over many months, leaving Pearson to encounter ignominy and misfortune; his wife to a firm endurance of a thousand sorrows; poor Ilbrahim to pine and droop like a cankered rosebud; his mother to wander on a mistaken errand, neglectful of the holiest trust which can be committed to a woman.
The Quaker at length closed the book, retaining however his hand between the pages which he had been reading, while he looked steadfastly at Pearson.
Thy voice has fallen on my ear like a sound afar off and indistinct," replied Pearson without lifting his eyes.
exclaimed Pearson, with the impatience of a variable spirit.
When a fierce and riotous gust of wind had led his thoughts, by a natural association, to homeless travellers on such a night, Pearson resumed the conversation.
Nay, I will present myself before them," said Pearson, with recovered fortitude.
Enter, friend, and do thy errand, be it what it may," said Pearson.
Pearson made a silent appeal to the old man, nor did the latter shrink from the painful task assigned him.
On this day it had become evident to Pearson, to his aged guest, and to Dorothy, that Ilbrahim's brief and troubled pilgrimage drew near its close.