。， That night he dined at Rector's and returned at once to hisoffice. In the bustle and show of the latter was his onlyrelief. He troubled over many little details and talkedperfunctorily to everybody. He stayed at his desk long after allothers had gone, and only quitted it when the night watchman onhis round pulled at the front door to see if it was safelylocked.
There was, however, at this time, one theatre, the Chicago OperaHouse, which was considerably in the public eye, and its manager,David A. Henderson, had a fair local reputation. Carrie had seenone or two elaborate performances there and had heard of severalothers. She knew nothing of Henderson nor of the methods ofapplying, but she instinctively felt that this would be a likelyplace, and accordingly strolled about in that neighbourhood. Shecame bravely enough to the showy entrance way, with the polishedand begilded lobby, set with framed pictures out of the currentattraction, leading up to the quiet box-office, but she could getno further. A noted comic opera comedian was holding forth thatweek, and the air of distinction and prosperity overawed her.She could not imagine that there would be anything in such alofty sphere for her. She almost trembled at the audacity whichmight have carried her on to a terrible rebuff. She could findheart only to look at the pictures which were showy and then walkout. It seemed to her as if she had made a splendid escape andthat it would be foolhardy to think of applying in that quarteragain.。， "I didn't know Fitzgerald and Moy ever left any money this way,"his mind said to itself. "They must have forgotten it."
。， "I want you to send the money I asked for at once. I need it tocarry out my plans. You can stay away if you want to. Itdoesn't matter in the least. But I must have some money. Sodon't delay, but send it by the boy."
So here it was spread out clear before him, and now he knew whatto expect. If he didn't go and see them they would sue himpromptly. If he did, he would be offered terms that would makehis blood boil. He folded the letter and put it with the otherone. Then he put on his hat and went for a turn about the block.。，
Hurstwood listened with some astonishment. He felt that she hadjust cause for feeling as she did, and yet he wished that hecould straighten this thing out quickly. Shortly the conductorwould come through for the tickets. He wanted no noise, notrouble of any kind. Before everything he must make her quiet.。，