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First of Two Installments: THE HEAVEN BELOW
Clare Boothe Luce
August 11, 1958
It lay in the crystal waters of a Bahamas reef and was found after days of storm. It was, as always, a place of beauty and adventure, a new world
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August 11, 1958

First Of Two Installments: The Heaven Below

It lay in the crystal waters of a Bahamas reef and was found after days of storm. It was, as always, a place of beauty and adventure, a new world

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Once again at Eve's, Louisa says, "I'm frightened stiff. You told me that except for sharks, which we are not likely to see, everything down there is very friendly."

"He was deliberately trying to scare us, darling. There's nothing, really nothing, to worry about."

FRIDAY, MAY 23

Voyagers over that haunted sea
Hear from the waters under the keel
A sound that is not wave or foam
Nor do they only hear, but feel

The timbers quiver, where they go or come,
They will be silent; they have heard
Out of the infinite of the soul
An incommunicable word;

Thereafter, they are as lovers who
Over an infinite brightness lean:
'It is Atlantis!' all their speech;
'To lost Atlantis we have been.'
—CONRAD AIKEN*

*"Priapus and the Pool," from Collected Poems. © 1953 by Conrad Aiken. Reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press, Inc.

At 7:30 a.m. Louisa clips open my bedroom door with a sturdy toe. She carries a tray with steaming coffee, juice, eggs, toast and jam for two.

"It was raining so hard I let you sleep. But the team is here. Coles says this storm will clear things."

I eat, then begin to dress hurriedly. I stoop to pick up a scarf that has slid under the dresser. A sudden whip of pain folds around the small of my back.

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