Quilly's words:antediluvian-years between creation and the flood
ineluctable-could not avoid
Sandy Shore wondered how old was her penguin that others could not see. Was it there in the antediluvian? The young men were not prolix, but they seemed to believe it was ineluctable that she become a companion to the penguin.
The tryouts for parts in upcoming movies would be an adventure for she would have that penguin with her, but if it was for her good the parts she did not get would be ones she would be better off without. That feeling would make for peace of mind.
Disrupting her peace of mind was the explosion at the Poets Corner.