From Partridge's they went to a shoe store, where Carrie wasfitted for shoes. Drouet stood by, and when he saw how nice theylooked, said, "Wear them." Carrie shook her head, however. Shewas thinking of returning to the flat. He bought her a purse forone thing, and a pair of gloves for another, and let her buy thestockings.。，
"Well, she's going out more," concluded his wife, but the tone ofhis voice impressed her as containing something she had not heardthere before.。， Carrie had no excellent home principles fixed upon her. If shehad, she would have been more consciously distressed. Now thelunch went off with considerable warmth. Under the influence ofthe varied occurrences, the fine, invisible passion which wasemanating from Drouet, the food, the still unusual luxury, she
In the light of the world's attitude toward woman and her duties,the nature of Carrie's mental state deserves consideration.Actions such as hers are measured by an arbitrary scale. Societypossesses a conventional standard whereby it judges all things.All men should be good, all women virtuous. Wherefore, villain,hast thou failed?。， A lovely home atmosphere is one of the flowers of the world, thanwhich there is nothing more tender, nothing more delicate,nothing more calculated to make strong and just the naturescradled and nourished within it. Those who have never experiencedsuch a beneficent influence will not understand wherefore thetear springs glistening to the eyelids at some strange breath inlovely music. The mystic chords which bind and thrill the heartof the nation, they will never know.