And so she left me to my pipe and to my best night yet, in the stillest
spot I have ever slept in on dry land; one heard nothing but the bubble of a beck; and it seemed very, very far away.
But, at any rate, both are associated with the fervors and languors of that first summer in Venice, so that I cannot now take up a book of Goldoni's without a renewed sense of that sunlight and moonlight, and of the sounds and silences of a city that is at once the stillest
and shrillest in the world.
It was the stillest
silence they had ever known, broken once by a distant lapping, which Peter explained was the wild beasts drinking at the ford, and again by a rasping sound that might have been the branches of trees rubbing together, but he said it was the redskins sharpening their knives.
I will complete it: for a shadow came unto me--the stillest
and lightest of all things once came unto me!