"I don't know," she answered. "He says he has some things to dofor the house here now."。， The plea was that of a gaunt-faced man of about thirty, wholooked the picture of privation and wretchedness. Drouet was thefirst to see. He handed over a dime with an upwelling feeling ofpity in his heart. Hurstwood scarcely noticed the incident.Carrie quickly forgot.
When Drouet was gone, she sat down in her rocking-chair by thewindow to think about it. As usual, imagination exaggerated thepossibilities for her. It was as if he had put fifty cents inher hand and she had exercised the thoughts of a thousanddollars. She saw herself in a score of pathetic situations inwhich she assumed a tremulous voice and suffering manner. Hermind delighted itself with scenes of luxury and refinement,situations in which she was the cynosure of all eyes, the arbiterof all fates. As she rocked to and fro she felt the tensity ofwoe in abandonment, the magnificence of wrath after deception,the languour of sorrow after defeat. Thoughts of all thecharming women she had seen in plays--every fancy, every illusionwhich she had concerning the stage--now came back as a returningtide after the ebb. She built up feelings and a determinationwhich the occasion did not warrant.。， "I was going to tell you the other evening," he added, "butsomehow the opportunity slipped away."
"I want to see her. She's got to do all right. We'll make her,"and the manager gave one of his quick, steely half-smiles, whichwas a compound of good-nature and shrewdness.。， "We are good friends, aren't we?" he said, extending his hand.
"Honest to God, mister, I'm without a place to sleep."。， Carrie imagined that he would marry her at once, though he hadnot directly said so, and her spirits rose. She proposed to makethe best of the situation until Drouet left again.
。， As he undid his collar and unfastened his studs, preparatory towashing his face and changing his clothes, he dilated upon histrip. Carrie could not help listening with amusement to hisanimated descriptions.
Drouet resolved then and there that he would take more interestin such matters. So when he got back to Chicago he repaired tohis local lodge headquarters.。， "We can buy it then," she exclaimed sharply.