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1.【址:a g 9 559⒐ v i p】1 On Friday Carrie remembered her appointment with Hurstwood, andthe passing of the hour when she should, by all right of promise,have been in his company served to keep the calamity which hadbefallen her exceedingly fresh and clear. In her nervousness andstress of mind she felt it necessary to act, and consequently puton a brown street dress, and at eleven o'clock started to visitthe business portion once again. She must look for work.
2. "I don't know," she answered, pleased, nevertheless, beyond allconcealment.
3. "That isn't a good house," said Drouet. "You don't want to workat anything like that, anyhow."
4. "Well," she said, "young woman, what can I do for you?"
5. "Oh, I've got a room down in the Bowery," he answered. "There'sno use trying to tell you here. I'm all right now."
6. She felt the flood of feeling.
1. "I thought I got it something like--I felt it."
2. Chapter XXX
3. Hurstwood stood placidly by, while the car rolled back into theyard.
4. For all his study nothing came of the evening except this--hesent the money. It was with great opposition, after two or threehours of the most urgent mental affirmation and denial, that atlast he got an envelope, placed in it the requested amount, andslowly sealed it up.
5. "Why, Mrs. Wheeler," said Mrs. Vance, looking Carrie over in aglance, "where have you been? Why haven't you been to see me?I've been wondering all this time what had become of you.Really, I----"
6. "I didn't intend to," he answered, easily.
1. "That Scotchman that went out on the last car," put in a voice,"told me that they hit him in the ear with a cinder."
2. "Well, I like that," exclaimed Drouet, little realising the firehis remark had generated. "I think I've done a good deal."
3. Now, when Carrie heard Drouet's laudatory opinion of her dramaticability, her body tingled with satisfaction. Like the flamewhich welds the loosened particles into a solid mass, his wordsunited those floating wisps of feeling which she had felt, butnever believed, concerning her possible ability, and made theminto a gaudy shred of hope. Like all human beings, she had atouch of vanity. She felt that she could do things if she onlyhad a chance. How often had she looked at the well-dressedactresses on the stage and wondered how she would look, howdelightful she would feel if only she were in their place. Theglamour, the tense situation, the fine clothes, the applause,these had lured her until she felt that she, too, could act--thatshe, too, could compel acknowledgment of power. Now she was toldthat she really could--that little things she had done about thehouse had made even him feel her power. It was a delightfulsensation while it lasted.
4. "With some relatives," she answered.
5. "Have you seen him recently?"
6. Carrie rose up as if to step away, he holding her hand. Now heslipped his arm about her and she struggled, but in vain. Heheld her quite close. Instantly there flamed up in his body theall compelling desire. His affection took an ardent form.
1. Finally he decided to ask. There was a young fellow standingnear one of the doors in the cold, waiting a last turn. He was amere boy in years--twenty-one about--but with a body lank andlong, because of privation. A little good living would have madethis youth plump and swaggering.
2. "All right," she laughed. "I think I have it memorised nearly."
3. "They were getting ready to print the programmes," he said, "andI gave them the name of Carrie Madenda. Was that all right?"
4、 "Looks like there will be quite a crowd here to-day, doesn't it?"the acquaintance observed, drifting off upon another topic.
5、 And it must be remembered that reason had little part in this.Chicago dawning, she saw the city offering more of lovelinessthan she had ever known, and instinctively, by force of her moodsalone, clung to it. In fine raiment and elegant surroundings,men seemed to be contente