It was the sea salt on my body that had led that summer-brown, Jersey-trusting girl to me like I was a blue block of salt strategically placed for pleasure in the first pasture between the barn and the pond. The sea led her tongue across me and wore me down in my holder and followed me home to the Valley, where the shoreline is long, and notably irregular; where the tide rushes into the Bay of Fundy like fire in the wake of an earthquake, like blood into the groin of a girl.

The influence of spur dikes is similar to that of the groins employed in connection with longitudinal dikes or training walls, or such longitudinal walls of bulkheads may be constructed connecting the end of the spur dikes after the space between them has become filled up with deposit.