Stephen murmured: --I meant WITHOUT A POSSIBILITY OF EVER REACHING. The central question before us is: How shall we use that peace? Let us resolve that this era we are about to enter will not be what other postwar periods have so often been: a time of retreat and isolation that leads to stagnation at home and invites new danger abroad. As they passed through a lane of the tables Stephen said: --Cranly, I want to speak to you. Flora, a short way off, stood before us on the grass and smiled as if her performance was now complete.