The weather has slipped into a pattern that is common here this time of year. The days are mostly cloudy, keeping the temperature low, and in the evening, the clouds dissipate, and what little heat the day did bring radiates away. It did not rain today, but the paucity of sunlight allowed the ground to remain wet, and the pavements damp and dark so that they reflect little moonlight. Once the moon set, the stars glittered over a forest lost in the deepest darkness. About four o'clock, I went out into the chill, black night, and chanced to see a meteor streak across the sky, brief but bright. It made me feel very much alone.