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Faster danced the radiant beams. The crater was a cauldron of green fires through which the John Terry Jersey conical rays angled and interwove, crossed and mingled. And where they mingled, where they crossed, flamed out suddenly immense rayless orbs; palpitant for an instant, then dissolving in spiralling, feathery spray of pallid emerald incandescences.
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In the electric glare we saw Drake bending over Ruth. In it I saw a slide draw over the open portal through which shrieked the wind, streamed the rain.
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We dropped Blank Jersey beside Ruth upon a pile of silken stuffs — awed, marveling, trembling with pity and — thanksgiving.
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At her feet lay Ventnor, as deep in slumber as they. I arose and tip-toed over to the closed door.
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We had not time to study its beauties. A few last instructions to Ruth, and we set forth down the gray road. Hardly had we taken a few steps when there came a faint cry from her.
“Dick! Dick — come here!”
He sprang to her, caught her hands Timothee Kolodziejczak Jersey in his. For a moment, half frightened it seemed, she considered him.
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In a little time he joined me; head down, silent, he strode along beside me, utterly dejected.
A hundred more yards and we turned. Ruth was still standing on the threshold of the house of mystery, watching us. She waved her hands, flitted in, was hidden from us. And Drake still silent, we pushed on.
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We passed within it — side by side.
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