Describe in detail what this quote from the beginning of "The Rough Crossing" refers to, in relation to the main characters: "The past, the continent, is behind you; the future is that glowing mouth in the side of the ship."

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The first paragraph of "The Rough Crossing" describes the sights, sounds, and sensations of the transition from ship to shore. The final sentence of this paragraph reads:

The past, the continent, is behind you; the future is that glowing mouth in the side of the ship; this dim turbulent alley is too confusedly the present.

The crossing from America to Europe on an ocean liner, unlike the temporary death of an airplane ride, is an event in itself. The...

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