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There is a sense of stillness and cold in the night,
"The night was perfectly still, and the air so dry and pure that it gave little sensation of cold."
THere is also a sense of isolation in the cold winter air, like he is alone in the world. This is juxtaposed with the warmth of the crowed and light in the church,
"The hush of midnight lay on the village, and all its waking life was gathered behind the church windows, from which strains of dance-music flowed with the broad bands of yellow light."