。， The reason for his interest, not to say fascination, was deeperthan mere desire. It was a flowering out of feelings which hadbeen withering in dry and almost barren soil for many years. Itis probable that Carrie represented a better order of woman thanhad ever attracted him before. He had had no love affair sincethat which culminated in his marriage, and since then time andthe world had taught him how raw and erroneous was his originaljudgment. Whenever he thought of it, he told himself that, if hehad it to do over again, he would never marry such a woman. Atthe same time, his experience with women in general had lessenedhis respect for the sex. He maintained a cynical attitude, wellgrounded on numerous experiences. Such women as he had knownwere of nearly one type, selfish, ignorant, flashy. The wives ofhis friends were not inspiring to look upon. His own wife haddeveloped a cold, commonplace nature which to him was anythingbut pleasing. What he knew of that under-world where grovel thebeat-men of society (and he knew a great deal) had hardened hisnature. He looked upon most women with suspicion--a single eyeto the utility of beauty and dress. He followed them with akeen, suggestive glance. At the same time, he was not so dullbut that a good woman commanded his respect. Personally, he didnot attempt to analyse the marvel of a saintly woman. He wouldtake off his hat, and would silence the light-tongued and thevicious in her presence--much as the Irish keeper of a Boweryhall will humble himself before a Sister of Mercy, and pay tollto charity with a willing and reverent hand. But he would notthink much upon the question of why he did so.
。， "Of course, you'll do," said Drouet, who, in his efforts toenthuse Carrie, had interested himself. "Do you think I'd comehome here and urge you to do something that I didn't think youwould make a success of? You can act all right. It'll be goodfor you."