"Oh, never mind her," Hurstwood remarked.。， Her subsequent experiences were not of a reassuring nature,however. From all the more pleasing or imposing places she wasturned away abruptly with the most chilling formality. In otherswhere she applied only the experienced were required. She metwith painful rebuffs, the most trying of which had been in amanufacturing cloak house, where she had gone to the fourth floorto inquire.
Carrie stood waiting a moment, hardly certain whether theinterview had terminated.。， Together they finished the labour of the day, Carrie washing thedishes while Minnie undressed the baby and put it to bed.Minnie's manner was one of trained industry, and Carrie could seethat it was a steady round of toil with her.
Not only did Carrie feel the drag of desire for all which was newand pleasing in apparel for women, but she noticed too, with atouch at the heart, the fine ladies who elbowed and ignored her,brushing past in utter disregard of her presence, themselveseagerly enlisted in the materials which the store contained.Carrie was not familiar with the appearance of her more fortunatesisters of the city. Neither had she before known the nature andappearance of the shop girls with whom she now compared poorly.They were pretty in the main, some even handsome, with an air ofindependence and indifference which added, in the case of themore favoured, a certain piquancy. Their clothes were neat, inmany instances fine, and wherever she encountered the eye of oneit was only to recognise in it a keen analysis of her ownposition--her individual shortcomings of dress and that shadow ofmanner which she thought must hang about her and make clear toall who and what she was. A flame of envy lighted in her heart.She realised in a dim way how much the city held--wealth,fashion, ease--every adornment for women, and she longed fordress and beauty with a whole heart.。， "Well, now, it's hardly possible that you would get anything todo in a wholesale house of this kind. Have you tried thedepartment stores?"
， "I want to see SOMETHING," said Carrie, and by the tone she putinto the last word they realised for the first time she was notpleased with them.。， "I'm going to quit this," she heard her remark to her neighbour."What with the stipend and being up late, it's too much for mehealth."