When the new proprietor entered the aft saloon surrounded with staterooms,--the only habitable place in the ship,--memories of the dead came forth to meet him.
Then scattered about the house was many a prosaic bit of furniture which was musical with memories for the parents,--memories of their first little homes and their early struggles together.
They would cherish all differences that marked them off from their hated oppressors, all memories that consoled them with a sense of virtual though unrecognised superiority; and the separateness which was made their badge of ignominy would be their inward pride, their source of fortifying defiance.
"You mean," said Harris, a little puzzled, "the disturbing memories--?"
Lines like these, written of the stars, linger in our memories:-- "Forever singing as they shine, The hand that made us is divine."
But when I closed my eyes again to look for the flashing lights and the sensation of heat, I found nothing but the usual phantasmagoria of the day's events--faces, scenes, memories,--and in due course I fell asleep and then saw nothing at all of any kind.
With such a crowd of memories,--of hopes and desires yet unsatisfied,--with the crushing burden of debt and poverty,-- he could not command himself to say what his heart, nevertheless, ached in retaining.
As he walked, he stepped lightly and gently, as though reverent to the very stones of so sacred a city, and all the time from every prospect and every other street-corner came streaming like strains of music magnetic memories,--"streets with the names of old kings, strong earls, and warrior saints."