Death / (Dr. Reefy/ Elizabeth Willard)

PP. 136: “He was not a graceful man, as when he grew older, and was much occupied with the problem of disposing of his hands and feet.”

PP. 137: “the sick wife of the hotel keeper began to weep and, putting her hands to her face, rocked back and forth”.

PP. 138: “The tall beautiful girl with the swinging stride who had walked under the trees with men was forever putting out her hand into the darkness and trying to get hold of some other hand“; “Elizabeth had married Tom Willard, a clerk in her father’s hotel, because he was at hand“; “Being unable to arise, he put out his hand and pulled the girl’s head down beside his own”.

PP. 139:” By a small desk near the window sat the doctor. His hands played with a lead pencil that lay on the desk”; ” I didn’t like him well enough. There was always paint on his hands and face during those days and he smelled of paint”; “The excited woman sat up very straight in her chair and made a quick girlish movement with her hand as she told of the drive alone on the spring afternoon”.

PP. 140:”In the darkness of her room she put out her hand, thrusting it from under the covers of her bed, and she thought that death like a living thing put out his hand to her”; “On the evening when disease laid its heavy hand upon her and defeated her plans for telling her son George of the eight hundred dollars hidden away”.

PP. 141“There was oil in the preparation he used for the purpose and the tears, catching in the mustache and being brushed away by his hand, formed a fine mist-like vapor”; “He put out his hand as though to greet the younger man and then awkwardly drew it back again”.

PP. 141: “His body trembled and his hands shook”; “The feeling that the body before him was alive, that in another moment a lovely woman would spring out of the bed and confront him, became so overpowering that he could not bear the suspense. Again and again he put out his hand“; “In the hallway outside the door he stopped and trembled so that he had to put a hand against the wall to support himself”; “When Aunt Elizabeth Swift, who had come to watch over the body, came out of an adjoining room he put his hand into hers and began to sob, shaking his head from side to side, half blind with grief”.


Noting, looking at this, how common the formula is: putting his/her hand out/ on something. In the “Mother” chapter the prevalent activity of hands involves holding.


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