And his heart made answer by a quickening of its movement.
Then, almost the same instant, another face, younger and quite as beautiful--more childlike and tender, if not so passionate-- appeared as if held up to him out of the lake.
"Esther!" he said, smiling. "As I wished, a star has been sent to me."
He turned, and passed slowly back to the tent.
His life had been crowded with griefs and with vengeful preparations--too much crowded for love. Was this the beginning of a happy change?
And if the influence went with him into the tent, whose was it? Esther had given him a cup. So had the Egyptian. And both had come to him at the same time under the palms.
"Only the actions of the just Smell sweet and blossom in the dust." SHIRLEY.
"And, through the heat of conflict, keeps the law, In calmness made, and sees what he foresaw." WORDSWORTH.