About midway down it, what was his astonishment at encountering Hamish!
He kicked out with his feet, encountering a great, hard body.
There are two ways of encountering an anti-climax, an heroic, an unheroic.
As for his not encountering the salesman until now, he had been lucky.
She had not spoken to him—ergo, the emotion of encountering him was too great for her.