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Chapter 35

  • The morning was full of sunlight and hope. Edna could see before her n_enial—only the promise of excessive joy. She lay in bed awake, with brigh_yes full of speculation. "He loves you, poor fool." If she could but get tha_onviction firmly fixed in her mind, what mattered about the rest? She fel_he had been childish and unwise the night before in giving herself over t_espondency. She recapitulated the motives which no doubt explained Robert'_eserve. They were not insurmountable; they would not hold if he really love_er; they could not hold against her own passion, which he must come t_ealize in time. She pictured him going to his business that morning. She eve_aw how he was dressed; how he walked down one street, and turned the corne_f another; saw him bending over his desk, talking to people who entered th_ffice, going to his lunch, and perhaps watching for her on the street. H_ould come to her in the afternoon or evening, sit and roll his cigarette,
  • talk a little, and go away as he had done the night before. But how deliciou_t would be to have him there with her! She would have no regrets, nor seek t_enetrate his reserve if he still chose to wear it.
  • Edna ate her breakfast only half dressed. The maid brought her a deliciou_rinted scrawl from Raoul, expressing his love, asking her to send him som_onbons, and telling her they had found that morning ten tiny white pigs al_ying in a row beside Lidie's big white pig.
  • A letter also came from her husband, saying he hoped to be back early i_arch, and then they would get ready for that journey abroad which he ha_romised her so long, which he felt now fully able to afford; he felt able t_ravel as people should, without any thought of small economies—thanks to hi_ecent speculations in Wall Street.
  • Much to her surprise she received a note from Arobin, written at midnight fro_he club. It was to say good morning to her, to hope she had slept well, t_ssure her of his devotion, which he trusted she in some faintest manne_eturned.
  • All these letters were pleasing to her. She answered the children in _heerful frame of mind, promising them bonbons, and congratulating them upo_heir happy find of the little pigs.
  • She answered her husband with friendly evasiveness, —not with any fixed desig_o mislead him, only because all sense of reality had gone out of her life;
  • she had abandoned herself to Fate, and awaited the consequences wit_ndifference.
  • To Arobin's note she made no reply. She put it under Celestine's stove-lid.
  • Edna worked several hours with much spirit. She saw no one but a pictur_ealer, who asked her if it were true that she was going abroad to study i_aris.
  • She said possibly she might, and he negotiated with her for some Parisia_tudies to reach him in time for the holiday trade in December.
  • Robert did not come that day. She was keenly disappointed. He did not come th_ollowing day, nor the next. Each morning she awoke with hope, and each nigh_he was a prey to despondency. She was tempted to seek him out. But far fro_ielding to the impulse, she avoided any occasion which might throw her in hi_ay. She did not go to Mademoiselle Reisz's nor pass by Madame Lebrun's, a_he might have done if he had still been in Mexico.
  • When Arobin, one night, urged her to drive with him, she went—out to the lake,
  • on the Shell Road. His horses were full of mettle, and even a littl_nmanageable. She liked the rapid gait at which they spun along, and th_uick, sharp sound of the horses' hoofs on the hard road. They did not sto_nywhere to eat or to drink. Arobin was not needlessly imprudent. But they at_nd they drank when they regained Edna's little dining-room—which wa_omparatively early in the evening.
  • It was late when he left her. It was getting to be more than a passing whi_ith Arobin to see her and be with her. He had detected the latent sensuality,
  • which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature's requirements like _orpid, torrid, sensitive blossom.
  • There was no despondency when she fell asleep that night; nor was there hop_hen she awoke in the morning.