"Will you do that?" he asked.。， It was a magnificent play, and had its effect. Hurstwood fellback beaten. He knew now that he had more than mere bluff tocontend with. He felt that he was face to face with a dullproposition. What to say he hardly knew. All the merriment hadgone out of the day. He was disturbed, wretched, resentful.What should he do?"Do as you please," he said, at last. "I'll have nothing more todo with you," and out he strode.
This little experience nearly destroyed her ambition to call uponthe manager at the Chicago Opera House, but she decided to do soafter a time. He was of a more sedate turn of mind. He said atonce that there was no opening of any sort, and seemed toconsider her search foolish.。， While he was thinking thus elatedly, he remembered that he wantedsome clean linen in the morning.
Mrs. Hurstwood, on the contrary, had decided not to lose heradvantage by inaction. Now that she had practically cowed him,she would follow up her work with demands, the acknowledgment ofwhich would make her word LAW in the future. He would have topay her the money which she would now regularly demand or therewould be trouble. It did not matter what he did. She really didnot care whether he came home any more or not. The householdwould move along much more pleasantly without him, and she coulddo as she wished without consulting any one. Now she proposed toconsult a lawyer and hire a detective. She would find out atonce just what advantages she could gain.。， "Then you do care for him?" said Drouet, stopping completely andexperiencing a rush of feeling.
The fact that he had sent the money and that she had received itworked to the ease of his mind, for, as the thought that he haddone it receded, his chagrin at it grew less and his hope ofpeace more. He fancied, as he sat at his desk, that nothingwould be done for a week or two. Meanwhile, he would have timeto think.。，
"Who's sneaking?" he asked, mildly conscious of error on hispart, but certain that he was wronged.。， Drouet really had called, but it was with a very different mindfrom that which Carrie had imagined. He expected to find her, tojustify his return by claiming that he came to get the remainingportion of his wardrobe, and before he got away again to patch upa peace.