As a matter of fact, no man as clever as Hurstwood--as observantand sensitive to atmospheres of many sorts, particularly upon hisown plane of thought--would have made the mistake which he did inregard to his wife, wrought up as she was, had he not beenoccupied mentally with a very different train of thought. Hadnot the influence of Carrie's regard for him, the elation whichher promise aroused in him, lasted over, he would not have seenthe house in so pleasant a mood. It was not extraordinarilybright and merry this evening. He was merely very much mistaken,and would have been much more fitted to cope with it had he comehome in his normal state.。， Some of the more favoured of his friends whom he had invitedbegan to roll up in carriages now. They came shuffling in with agreat show of finery and much evident feeling of content andimportance.
， This feeling was strengthened by actions of a direct and morepotent nature on the part of Hurstwood. We have seen with whatirritation he shirked those little duties which no longercontained any amusement of satisfaction for him, and the opensnarls with which, more recently, he resented her irritatinggoads. These little rows were really precipitated by anatmosphere which was surcharged with dissension. That it wouldshower, with a sky so full of blackening thunderclouds, wouldscarcely be thought worthy of comment. Thus, after leaving thebreakfast table this morning, raging inwardly at his blankdeclaration of indifference at her plans, Mrs. Hurstwoodencountered Jessica in her dressing-room, very leisurelyarranging her hair. Hurstwood had already left the house.。，