1. „Wave after wave, Ralph followed the rise and fall until something of the remoteness of the sea numed his brain. Then gradually the almost infinite size of this land forced itself on his attention. This was the divider, the barrier. On the other side of the island, swathed at midday with mirage, defended by the shield of the quiet lagoon, one might dream of rescue;  but here, faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean, the miles of division,...