Seated on a chair against the window, with her arm on the windowsill she was looking blankly at the flowing river, swift with the backward-rushing tide, struggling to see still the sweet face in its unreproaching
sadness, that seemed now from moment to moment to sink away and be hidden behind a form that thrust itself between, and made darkness.
Without that memory of Raffles she might still have thought only of monetary ruin, but now along with her brother's look and words there darted into her mind the idea of some guilt in her husband--then, under the working of terror came the image of her husband exposed to disgrace-- and then, after an instant of scorching shame in which she felt only the eyes of the world, with one leap of her heart she was at his side in mournful but unreproaching
fellowship with shame and isolation.
(1) * I armed her [his daughter] against the censure of the world, showed her that books were sweet unreproaching
companions to the miserable, and that, if they could not bring us to enjoy life, they would at least teach us to endure it.