|Chapter 5: Landward|
He thought he would be able to sleep, if only because the cold was so persuasive. But Linden made her bed near his, and soon he felt her watching him as if she sought to fathom his isolation. When he opened his eyes, he saw the look of intention in her fire-lit face.
Her gaze was focused on him like an appeal; but the words she murmured softly took him by surprise.
"I never even learned her name."
Covenant raised his head, blinking his incomprehension at her.
"That Giant," she explained, "the one who was hurt when the foremast broke." The one she had healed with is ring. "I never found out who she was. I've been doing that all my life. Treating people as if they were pieces of sick or damaged meat instead of actual individuals. I thought I was a doctor, but it was only the disease or the hurt I cared about. Only the fight against death. Not the person."