I REMEMBER the day.

        The heavy shower of rain is slackening into fitful pauses, renewed gusts of wind startle it from a first lull.

        I take up my instrument. Idly I touch the strings, till, without my knowing, the music borrows the mad cadence of that storm.

        I see her figure as she steals from her work, stops at my door, and retreats with hesitating steps. She comes again, stands outside leaning against the wall, then slowly enters the room and sits down. With head bent, she plies her needle in silence; but soon stops her work, and looks out of the window through the rain at the blurred line of trees.

        Only this-one hour of a rainy noon filled with shadows and song and silence.