man was turned on to his side with his face to the wall.
On the way back to the bed she stopped, eyeing the sick woman with a critical gaze.
I sha'n't do much to-day, of course--I'm in such a hurry for you to see how pretty you are; but some day I'm going to take it all down and have a perfectly lovely time with it, she cried, touching with soft fingers the waving hair above the sick woman's forehead.
Meanwhile the sick woman, frowning prodigiously, and openly scoffing at the whole procedure, was, in spite of herself, beginning to tingle with a feeling perilously near to excitement.
grunted the sick woman, eyeing her reflection severely.
When Father Sergius assured her that only God could heal the sick
, she replied that she only wanted him to lay his hands on the boy and pray for him.
With inaudible steps she went quickly to the sick
man's bedside, and going up so that he had not to turn his head, she immediately clasped in her fresh young hand the skeleton of his huge hand, pressed it, and began speaking with that soft eagerness, sympathetic and not jarring, which is peculiar to women.
Up by Astolat there was a chapel where the Virgin had once appeared to a girl who used to herd geese around there -- the girl said so herself -- and they built the chapel upon that spot and hung a picture in it representing the occur- rence -- a picture which you would think it dangerous for a sick person to approach; whereas, on the con- trary, thousands of the lame and the sick came and prayed before it every year and went away whole and sound; and even the well could look upon it and live.
Well, when the priest had been droning for three hours, and the good king polishing the evidences, and the sick were still pressing forward as plenty as ever, I got to feeling intolerably bored.
In her room in the shabby old hotel the sick wife of the hotel keeper began to weep and, putting her hands to her face, rocked back and forth.
Later she wondered if the hours alone with the sick man had not led to her decision to marry.
The voice of the sick man became tense with ear- nestness.