"It was like holding in my hand some rare, exhausted, nearly doomed bird which I had miraculously happened to find. I was very frightened...we shut our eyes. To remember it so clearly, so painfully tonight tells me that I have never for an instant truly forgotten it. I feel in myself now a faint, a dreadful stirring...[a] great thirsty heat, and trembling, and tenderness so painful I thought my heart would burst.
But that lifetime was short, was bounded by that night--"