In "Recuerdo" by Edna St. Vincent Millay, how would you describe the two people who rode the ferry?  What kind of people are they?

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The two people who rode the ferry in Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Recuerdo" are above all very much in love. They are so wrapped up in each other that they do not see the mundane realities of their environment - they have spent their evening going back and forth on a ferry which "was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable," but the only thing they remember is looking into a fire and leaning across a table, towards each other. The long night has passed quickly, the minutes marked in memory only by the recollection of the little things shared;

"...you ate an apple, and I ate a pear."

Small acts such as enjoying simple pieces of fruit or lying "on a hilltop underneath the moon" take on intense significance when one is in love, and the two people who rode the ferry are filled with the ethereal giddiness of love which is fresh and new and exciting. The "merry" feeling by which they are consumed is so large that it cannot help but extend to other people. The couple are generous, and in a gesture born of the joy of being in love, they give everything but what they need away to an old woman, whose appreciation is poignantly palpable.