Since Seth had been a boy in knee trousers there had been a half expressed intimacy between him and the maiden who now for the first time walked beside him.
Seth had not answered them, although he had been moved and flattered by some of the sen- tences scrawled in pencil upon the stationery of the banker's wife.
Helen and Seth stopped by a fence near where a low dark building faced the street.
On the street as he walked beside the girl new and daring thoughts had come into Seth Richmond's mind.
And then, looking down, Seth had seen the bees everywhere all about him in the long grass.
The garden that had been so mysterious and vast, a place that with Seth beside her might have become the background for strange and wonderful adven- tures, now seemed no more than an ordinary Wines- burg back yard, quite definite and limited in its outlines.
Nay, nay, Addy, thee mean'st me no unkindness," said Seth, "I know that well enough.
Before the first stroke had died away, Sandy Jim had loosed his plane and was reaching his jacket; Wiry Ben had left a screw half driven in, and thrown his screwdriver into his tool-basket; Mum Taft, who, true to his name, had kept silence throughout the previous conversation, had flung down his hammer as he was in the act of lifting it; and Seth, too, had straightened his back, and was putting out his hand towards his paper cap.
Seth lingered, and looked wistfully at Adam, as if he expected him to say something.
said Seth rather timidly, as he turned to leave the workshop.
said Adam, with the same gentle modulation of voice as when he spoke to Seth.