Now, it so happened that from his observations of Carrie he beganto imagine that she was of the thoroughly domestic type of mind.He really thought, after a year, that her chief expression inlife was finding its natural channel in household duties.Notwithstanding the fact that he had observed her act in Chicago,and that during the past year he had only seen her limited in herrelations to her flat and him by conditions which he made, andthat she had not gained any friends or associates, he drew thispeculiar conclusion. With it came a feeling of satisfaction inhaving a wife who could thus be content, and this satisfactionworked its natural result. That is, since he imagined he saw hersatisfied, he felt called upon to give only that whichcontributed to such satisfaction. He supplied the furniture, thedecorations, the food, and the necessary clothing. Thoughts ofentertaining her, leading her out into the shine and show oflife, grew less and less. He felt attracted to the outer world,but did not think she would care to go along. Once he went tothe theatre alone. Another time he joined a couple of his newfriends at an evening game of poker. Since his money-featherswere beginning to grow again he felt like sprucing about. Allthis, however, in a much less imposing way than had been his wontin Chicago. He avoided the gay places where he would be apt tomeet those who had known him.Now, Carrie began to feel this in various sensory ways. She wasnot the kind to be seriously disturbed by his actions. Notloving him greatly, she could not be jealous in a disturbing way.In fact, she was not jealous at all. Hurstwood was pleased withher placid manner, when he should have duly considered it. Whenhe did not come home it did not seem anything like a terriblething to her. She gave him credit for having the usualallurements of men--people to talk to, places to stop, friends toconsult with. She was perfectly willing that he should enjoyhimself in his way, but she did not care to be neglected herself.Her state still seemed fairly reasonable, however. All she didobserve was that Hurstwood was somewhat different.。， "Don't you think it rather fine to be an actor?" she asked once.
"I thought you were going to run off and leave me," she said.。， "That's too bad," he said, stepping away and adjusting his vestafter his slight bending over. "I was thinking we might go to ashow to-night."
Ames was looking away rather abstractedly at the crowd and showedan interesting profile to Carrie. His forehead was high, hisnose rather large and strong, his chin moderately pleasing. Hehad a good, wide, well-shaped mouth, and his dark-brown hair wasparted slightly on one side. He seemed to have the least touchof boyishness to Carrie, and yet he was a man full grown.。，
。， The effect of the city and his own situation on Hurstwood wasparalleled in the case of Carrie, who accepted the things whichfortune provided with the most genial good-nature. New York,despite her first expression of disapproval, soon interested herexceedingly. Its clear atmosphere, more populous thoroughfares,and peculiar indifference struck her forcibly. She had neverseen such a little flat as hers, and yet it soon enlisted heraffection. The new furniture made an excellent showing, thesideboard which Hurstwood himself arranged gleamed brightly. Thefurniture for each room was appropriate, and in the so-calledparlour, or front room, was installed a piano, because Carriesaid she would like to learn to play. She kept a servant anddeveloped rapidly in household tactics and information. For thefirst time in her life she felt settled, and somewhat justifiedin the eyes of society as she conceived of it. Her thoughts weremerry and innocent enough. For a long while she concernedherself over the arrangement of New York flats, and wondered atten families living in one building and all remaining strange andindifferent to each other. She also marvelled at the whistles ofthe hundreds of vessels in the harbour--the long, low cries ofthe Sound steamers and ferry-boats when fog was on. The merefact that these things spoke from the sea made them wonderful.She looked much at what she could see of the Hudson from her westwindows and of the great city building up rapidly on either hand.It was much to ponder over, and sufficed to entertain her formore than a year without becoming stale.
Being of a passive and receptive rather than an active andaggressive nature, Carrie accepted the situation. Her stateseemed satisfactory enough. Once in a while they would go to atheatre together, occasionally in season to the beaches anddifferent points about the city, but they picked up noacquaintances. Hurstwood naturally abandoned his show of finemanners with her and modified his attitude to one of easyfamiliarity. There were no misunderstandings, no apparentdifferences of opinion. In fact, without money or visitingfriends, he led a life which could neither arouse jealousy norcomment. Carrie rather sympathised with his efforts and thoughtnothing upon her lack of entertainment such as she had enjoyed inChicago. New York as a corporate entity and her flat temporarilyseemed sufficient.。， "You said Charlie was hurt," said Carrie, savagely. "Youdeceived me. You've been deceiving me all the time, and now youwant to force me to run away with you."