With the morning twilight Aylmer opened his eyes upon his wife's face and recognized the symbol of imperfection; and when they sat together at the evening hearth his eyes wandered stealthily to her cheek
, and beheld, flickering with the blaze of the wood fire, the spectral hand that wrote mortality where he would fain have worshipped.
Tom's face was drawn and white, though the smitten cheek
still blazed, and Saxon wanted to put her arms comfortingly around him, yet dared not.
Jo thought she was asleep, she lay so still, and putting down her book, sat looking at her with wistful eyes, trying to see signs of hope in the faint color on Beth's cheeks
. But she could not find enough to satisfy her, for the cheeks
were very thin, and the hands seemed too feeble to hold even the rosy little shells they had been collecting.
Hetty's eyes seemed to beseech him not to go away yet; but he patted her cheek
and said "Good-bye" again.
Though her cheeks
were seldom enriched with the faint glow that once rendered her so beautiful, and she was less dazzling in her appearance, yet, if possible, she was more lovely and attractive.
Tess made no reply to this remark, of which, indeed, she did not quite comprehend the drift, unheeding the snub she had administered by her instinctive rub upon her cheek
. She had, in fact, undone the kiss, as far as such a thing was physically possible.
Henrique, with his bold brow, and dark, glossy curls, and glowing cheek
, was laughing gayly as he bent towards his fair cousin, as they came on.
"It was just an accident," he said, putting his hand to his cheek
. "One night, in a calm, with a heavy sea running, the main-boom-lift carried away, an' next the tackle.
The tears that flowed down his grubby cheeks
were real tears.
She was lying dead, in the same position he had seen her in five minutes before and, despite the fixed eyes and the pallor of the cheeks
, the same expression was on her charming childlike face with its upper lip covered with tiny black hair.
In a moment Dirk was on his knees beside her, with his arms round her, kissing her, calling her all sorts of pet names, and the facile tears ran down his own cheeks
. Presently she released herself and dried her eyes.
He was not used to the fear of an enemy, but the memory of Lady Carey's white cheeks
and indrawn lips as she had entered his carriage chilled him.