For the first time in years the thought that he must count theselittle expenses flashed through his mind. It was a disagreeablething.。， The more he thought, however, the more wretched his situationbecame. He saw that getting here did not exactly clear up theground. The firm would probably employ detectives to watch him--Pinkerton men or agents of Mooney and Boland. They might arresthim the moment he tried to leave Canada. So he might becompelled to remain here months, and in what a state!
。， The play was one of those drawing-room concoctions in whichcharmingly overdressed ladies and gentlemen suffer the pangs oflove and jealousy amid gilded surroundings. Such bon-mots areever enticing to those who have all their days longed for suchmaterial surroundings and have never had them gratified. Theyhave the charm of showing suffering under ideal conditions. Whowould not grieve upon a gilded chair? Who would not suffer amidperfumed tapestries, cushioned furniture, and liveried servants?Grief under such circumstances becomes an enticing thing. Carrielonged to be of it. She wanted to take her sufferings, whateverthey were, in such a world, or failing that, at least to simulatethem under such charming conditions upon the stage. So affectedwas her mind by what she had seen, that the play now seemed anextraordinarily beautiful thing. She was soon lost in the worldit represented, and wished that she might never return. Betweenthe acts she studied the galaxy of matinee attendants in frontrows and boxes, and conceived a new idea of the possibilities ofNew York. She was sure she had not seen it all--that the citywas one whirl of pleasure and delight.
Vance was in his element here, as Hurstwood would have been informer days. He ordered freely of soup, oysters, roast meats,and side dishes, and had several bottles of wine brought, whichwere set down beside the table in a wicker basket.。， Sure enough, it did develop. Mr. Slawson owned the propertyadjoining, and was going to put up a modern office building. Thepresent one was to be torn down. It would take probably a yearand a half to complete the other one.
。， By noontime the train rolled into Detroit and he began to feelexceedingly nervous. The police must be on his track by now.They had probably notified all the police of the big cities, anddetectives would be watching for him. He remembered instances inwhich defaulters had been captured. Consequently, he breathedheavily and paled somewhat. His hands felt as if they must havesomething to do. He simulated interest in several scenes withoutwhich he did not feel. He repeatedly beat his foot upon thefloor.
。， Across the lobby, however, another individual was surveying him.He was of a commonplace Irish type, small of stature, cheaplydressed, and with a head that seemed a smaller edition of somehuge ward politician's. This individual had been evidentlytalking with the clerk, but now he surveyed the ex-managerkeenly.
"Yes; I am just on here from Indianapolis for a week or so," saidyoung Ames, seating himself on the edge of a chair to wait whileMrs. Vance completed the last touches of her toilet.。， "Is that so?" said the friend. "Glad to hear it. I'll come downand see you."
。， He had Carrie. His furniture was being paid for. He wasmaintaining his position. As for Carrie, the amusements he couldgive her would have to do for the present. He could probablykeep up his pretensions sufficiently long without exposure tomake good, and then all would be well. He failed therein to takeaccount of the frailties of human nature--the difficulties ofmatrimonial life. Carrie was young. With him and with hervarying mental states were common. At any moment the extremes offeeling might be anti-polarised at the dinner table. This oftenhappens in the best regulated families. Little things broughtout on such occasions need great love to obliterate themafterward. Where that is not, both parties count two and two andmake a problem after a while.
In all her stay in the city, Carrie had never heard of this showyparade; had never even been on Broadway when it was taking place.On the other hand, it was a familiar thing to Mrs. Vance, who notonly knew of it as an entity, but had often been in it, goingpurposely to see and be seen, to create a stir with her beautyand dispel any tendency to fall short in dressiness bycontrasting herself with the beauty and fashion of the town.。， Carrie had noticed the appearance of gayety and pleasure-seekingin the streets which they were following. Coaches were numerous,pedestrians many, and in Fifty-ninth Street the street cars werecrowded. At Fifty-ninth Street and Fifth Avenue a blaze oflights from several new hotels which bordered the Plaza Squaregave a suggestion of sumptuous hotel life. Fifth Avenue, thehome of the wealthy, was noticeably crowded with carriages, andgentlemen in evening dress. At Sherry's an imposing doormanopened the coach door and helped them out. Young Ames heldCarrie's elbow as he helped her up the steps. They entered thelobby already swarming with patrons, and then, after divestingthemselves of their wraps, went into a sumptuous dining-room.