Forms passed this way and that through the dull light. And I'll you a nice little penny handkerchief to keep your nose dry. I speak of sequences, but I required no lapse of seconds to stiffen myself for a third encounter with Quint. He felt his shoulders shaking as he murmured: God bless my father and my mother and spare them to me! God bless my little brothers and sisters and spare them to me! God bless Dante and Uncle Charles and spare them to me! He blessed himself and climbed quickly into bed and, tucking the end of the nightshirt under his feet, curled himself together under the cold white sheets, shaking and trembling.