Hi there,

Can anybody enlighten me on what the bold text means?

"I glanced once more at Miriamīs face before it was covered over. Here was a Miriam I had never seen before. Asleep she seemed, but not as I had seen her sleep, not inwardly in torment. For a long minute I gazed , and then I drew back with a sigh; and the undertaker smiled with his eyes beneath his impassive visage"

The Dark Chamber, Leonard Cline, 1927

Thanks