。， She began to dress at three o'clock for her departure at half-past five for the noted dining-room which was then crowdingDelmonico's for position in society. In this dressing Carrieshowed the influence of her association with the dashing Mrs.Vance. She had constantly had her attention called by the latterto novelties in everything which pertains to a woman's apparel.
Carrie acquiesced, and that evening met the portly Vance, anindividual a few years younger than Hurstwood, and who owed hisseemingly comfortable matrimonial state much more to his moneythan to his good looks. He thought well of Carrie upon the firstglance and laid himself out to be genial, teaching her a new gameof cards and talking to her about New York and its pleasures.Mrs. Vance played some upon the piano, and at last Hurstwoodcame.。，
The immediate result of this was nothing. Results from suchthings are usually long in growing. Morning brings a change offeeling. The existent condition invariably pleads for itself.It is only at odd moments that we get glimpses of the misery ofthings. The heart understands when it is confronted withcontrasts. Take them away and the ache subsides.。，
。， And it was distressing. He soon found that freedom from fear ofarrest was not the sine qua non of his existence. That dangerdissolved, the next necessity became the grievous thing. Thepaltry sum of thirteen hundred and some odd dollars set againstthe need of rent, clothing, food, and pleasure for years to comewas a spectacle little calculated to induce peace of mind in onewho had been accustomed to spend five times that sum in thecourse of a year. He thought upon the subject rather activelythe first few days he was in New York, and decided that he mustact quickly. As a consequence, he consulted the businessopportunities advertised in the morning papers and beganinvestigations on his own account.
"Maybe it's one of my parcels," said Carrie.。， Not long after this matinee experience--perhaps a month--Mrs.Vance invited Carrie to an evening at the theatre with them. Sheheard Carrie say that Hurstwood was not coming home to dinner.