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grew luminous. The supreme thing
for which she had wished had come.
They were in danger.
"Through it! . Through it the
quicker the better!" he assured her.
"The harbor is ohthe other side."
A cyclonic whirlwind racked the
Bolt, playing with the ship of the air
as a zephyr plays with a thistle-blow.
Careening, the Boltsall but turned
turtle as it emerged from the delug
ing drive of rain.'
Alice's blinded eyes accustomed
themselves to the light, she saw what
happened. One of - the-Bolt's great
wings was broken.
Freeing his hand from the wheel
for an instant, Sharp drew from the
tool-box a spool of copper wire, and
then looked past Alice to the break
and unconsciously shook his head.
She saw what was in his mind. To
leave his position meant that the Bolt
would capsize before he could reach
the break. Their fighting hope hung
on joining the split ends of the rod.
Without immediate repair death was
inevitable. A woman may also have
courage," she said.
"And I can wind wire," she added.
"Courage and " he paused
"and the thing which your encour
agement taught me."
"Confidence! Confidence!" she re
peated, remembering the keys to the
She exhibited it by disengaging one
of her hands and taking the spool
"Can you crawl out on to the lower
plane and reach up to that rod?" Tie
asked, in such a way that it seemed
to her the worst coward could not
have said no.
"Isn't that the only thing to do?"
"Yes. Remember confidence."
The break lay four feet over her
head. How was she to support her
self as she reached aloft?
For the first time she looked down.
"I can't! I can't!" she said.
"Why, yes, you can!" said Sharp.
"Of course you can!"
This woke her out of her spell.
"Now I am going to drive her hard
at an angle which will straighten out
the broken part by the force of
flight," Sharp added. "Holdfast! It's
ne was uncertain iaai ue uuum uu
this, but it was the niaior operation I
which he hadplanned. He flung back
the spark and opened the throttle
. "See! The parts are together!
Quick, while they are!" Sharp called
Alice answered mechanically, as if
she were a puppet at the nerve-ends
of his will. She threw herself across
the space between the two planes to
the broken rod and closed her eyes.
But she opened them to find that she
had bridged the gulf. When, with a
master workman's pride, she had
twisted the knot and let the empty
spool fall, she realized that the Bolt
was sailing steadily. She cried aloud
with the gratitude of one who has re
ceived a great gift.
She had found herself. She knew .
that she was not going to marry Ap
pleton, though a parental convoy
took her twice around the world in
his company. Thus absorbed with
the relation of her new self to the
things of earth, she had not looked
toward Sharp. Her last glimpse of
him as she set out to mend the brok
en rod seemed to belong to another
age. She was cohscious-of his near
ness, even that his thoughts were of
her; his confident calls above the
surging of the air through the planes
and the whir of the propeller were
still eddying in her ears when he now
spoke in a softer tone. She lifted her .
lashes and saw deep into his eyes and
deep into the heart of the man an
"It was worth all the danger, to
have learned" the greatness in you,"
he said, "and to have watched you.
With each strand of the wire which
you wound around the rod ah, you
must know what else you were winding!"