The slide was shot to suddenly. Was it an instant of enchantment only or long hours and years and ages? The instant of inspiration seemed now to be reflected from all sides at once from a multitude of cloudy circumstances of what had happened or of what might have happened. I put out my hand to her and she took it; I held her hard a little, liking to feel her close to me. The wisdom of the priest's appeal did not touch him to the quick.