priss had heard the sounds of combat, swept out of her cabin, bent above them.
Joel was below, in the cabin with priss, when his brother boarded the ship.
priss met them in the after cabin, crouching in a corner, white and still, her hands at her throat.
priss had planned to go ashore in the afternoon; but Mark dissuaded her.
In those hours beside Mark, priss completed the transition from girl to woman.
“My dear priss,” he said, in the elder-brother manner he affected toward her.
When priss heard of them, she swung about and lifted up her face to his, listening like a child.
priss had put curtains on the windows; and she had a lily, in a pot, at one of them, and a clump of pansies at another.
And priss, listening, winced at the thing that was like apology in his tone.
Joel told priss nothing of what he hoped and feared; nor did he question Jim Finch in the matter.