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Sister Carrie / Сестра Кэрри. Книга для чтения на английском языке

Sister Carrie / Сестра Кэрри. Книга для чтения на английском языке
Sister Carrie / Сестра Кэрри. Книга для чтения на английском языке Теодор Драйзер Анастасия Владимировна Петрова Classical literature (Каро) Роман «Сестра Керри» известного американского писателя и общественного деятеля Теодора Драйзера (1871–1945) – одно из нескольких произведений, которые создали ему имя. В основу романа положены эпизоды из жизни сестры Драйзера Эммы. Эта житейская мелодрама когда-то была расценена американской критикой как аморальная… В книге представлен неадаптированный сокращенный текст на языке оригинала. Теодор Драйзер Sister Carrie / Сестра Кэрри. Книга для чтения на английском языке © Антология, 2016 © КАРО, 2016 Chapter I The Magnet Attracting: A Wife amid Forces When Caroline Meeber boarded the afternoon train for Chicago, her total outfit consisted of a small trunk, a cheap imitation alligator-skin satchel[1 - satchel – сумка], a small lunch in a paper box, and a yellow leather snap purse, containing her ticket, a scrap of paper with her sister’s address in Van Buren Street, and four dollar in money. It was in August, 1889. She was eighteen years or age, bright, timid, and full of the illusions of ignorance and youth. Whatever touch of regret at parting characterized her given up.[2 - Whatever touch of regret at parting characterized her given up. – Если у нее и были сожаления при расставании, то они исчезли.] A gush of tears at her mother’s farewell kiss, mill where her father worked by the day, a pathetic sigh as the familiar green environs of the village passed in review and the threads which bound her so lightly to girlhood and home were irretrievably broken. To be sure there was always the next station, where one might descend and return. There was the great city, bound more closely by these very trains which came up daily. Columbia City was not so very far away, even once she was in Chicago. What pray, is a few hours a few hundred miles? She looked at the little slip bearing her sister’s address and wondered. She gazed at the green landscape, now passing in swift review until her swifter thoughts replaced its impression with vague conjectures of what Chicago might be. When a girls leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things. Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse. Of an intermediate balance, under the circumstances, there is no possibility. Caroline, or Sister Carrie, as she had been half affectionately termed by the family, was possessed of a mind rudimentary in its power of observation and analysis. Self-interest with her was high, but not strong. It was nevertheless, her guiding characteristic. Warm with the fancies of youth, pretty with the insipid prettiness of the formative period, possessed of a figure promising eventual shapeliness and an eye alight with certain native intelligence she was a fair example of the middle American class two generations removed from the emigrant. Books were beyond her interest knowledge a sealed book. In the intuitive graces she was still crude. She could scarcely toss her head gracefully. Her hands were almost ineffectual. The feet, though small were set flatly. And yet she was interested in her charms, quick to understand the keener pleasures of life, ambitious to gain in material things. “That,” said a voice in her ear,” is one of the prettiest little resorts in Wisconsin.” “Is it?” she answered nervously. The train was just pulling out of Waukesha. For some time she had been conscious of a man behind. She felt him observing her mass of hair. He had been fidgeting, and with natural intuition she felt a certain interest growing in that quarter. Her maidenly reserve, and a certain sense of what was conventional under the circumstances, called her to forestall and deny this familiarity, but the daring and magnetism of the individual, born of past experience and triumphs, prevailed. She answered. He leaned forward to put his elbows upon the back of her seat and proceeded to make himself volubly agreeable. “Yes, that is a great resort for Chicago people. The hotels are swell. You are not familiar with this part of the country, are you?” “Oh, yes I am,” answered Carrie. “That is, I live at Columbia City. I have never been through here, though.” “And so this is your first visit to Chicago,” he observed. All the time she was conscious of certain features out of the side of her eye. Flush, colorful cheeks, a light moustache, a gray fedora hat[3 - fedora hat – мягкая фетровая шляпа]. She now turned and looked upon him in full, the instincts of self-protection and coquetry mingling confusedly in her brain. “I didn’t say that” she said. “Oh,” he answered, in a very pleasing way and with an assumed air of mistake, “I thought you did.” Here was a type of the traveling canvasser[4 - traveling canvasser – коммивояжер] for a manufacturing house a class which at that time was first being dubbed by the slang of the day “drummers”[5 - drummers – (амер.; разг.) коммивояжер, «зазывала»]. He came within the meaning of a still newer term, which had sprung into general use among Americans in 1880, and which concisely expressed the thought of one whose dress or manners are calculated to elicit the admiration of susceptible young women – a “masher”[6 - masher – щеголь, серцеед]. His suit was of a striped and crossed pattern of brown wool, new at that time, but since become familiar as a business suit. The low crotch of the vest revealed a stiff bosom of white and pink stripes. From his coat sleeves protruded a pair of linen cuffs of the same pattern, fastened with large, gold plate buttons, set with the common yellow agates known as “cat’s-eyes.” His finger bore several rings – one, the ever-ending heavy seal – and from his vest dangled a neat gold watch chain, from which was suspended the secret insignia of the Order of Elks[7 - insignia of the Order of Elks – эмблема тайного ордена Лосей]. The whole suit was rather tight-fitting, and was finished off with heavy-soled tan shoes, highly polished, and the gray fedora hat. A woman should some day write the complete philosophy of clothes. No matter how young, it is one of the things she wholly comprehends. There is an indescribably faint line in the matter of man’s apparel, which somehow divides for her those who are worth glancing at and those who are not. Once an individual has passed this faint line on the way downward he will get no glance from her. There is another line at which the dress of a man will cause her to study her own. This line the individual at her elbow now marked for Carrie. She became conscious of an inequality. Her own plain blue dress, with its black cotton tape trimmings, now seemed to her shabby. She felt the worn state of her shoes. “Let’s see,” he went on, “I know quite a number of people in your town. Morgenroth the clothier and Gibson the dry goods man.” “Oh, do you?” she interrupted; aroused by memories of longings their show windows had cost her[8 - aroused by memories of longings their show windows had cost her – оживившись при воспоминании о страстных желаниях, которые она испытала, стоя перед их витринами]. At last he had a clew to her interest, and followed it deftly. In a few minutes he had come about into her seat. He talked of sales of clothing, his travels, Chicago, and the amusements of that city. “If you are going there, you will enjoy it immensely. Have you relatives?” “I am going to visit my sister,” she explained. “You want to see Lincoln Park[9 - You want to see Lincoln Park – Вы непременно должны осмотреть Линкольн-парк],” he said, “and Michigan Boulevard. They are putting up great buildings there. It’s a second New York – great. So much to see – theatres, crowds, fine houses – oh, you’ll like that.” There was a little ache in her fancy of all he described. Her insignificance in the presence of so much magnificence faintly affected her. She realized that hers was not to be a round of pleasure, and yet there was something promising in all the material prospect he set forth. There was something satisfactory in the attention of this individual with his good clothes. She could not help smiling as he told her of some popular actress of whom she reminded him. She was not silly and yet attention of this sort had its weight. “You will be in Chicago some little time, won’t you?” he observed at one turn of the now easy conversation. “I don’t know,” said Carrie vaguely – a flesh vision of the possibility of her not securing employment rising in her mind. “Several weeks, anyhow,” he said, looking steadily into her eyes. “Why do you ask?” she said. “Well, I’m going to be there several weeks. I’m going to study stock at our place and get new samples. I might show you around.” “I don’t know whether you can or not. I mean I don’t know whether I can. I shall be living with my sister, and –” “Well, if she minds, we’ll fix that.” He took out his pencil and a little pocket notebook as if it were all settled. “What is your address there?” She fumbled her purse which contained the address slip. He reached down in his hip pocket and took out a fat purse. It was filled with slips of paper, some mileage books, a roll of greenbacks. It impressed her deeply. Such a purse had never been carried by any one attentive to her. Indeed, and experienced traveler, a brisk man of the world, had never come within such close range before. The purse, the shiny tan shoes, the smart new suit, and the air with which he did things, built up for her a dim world of fortune, of which he was the center. It disposed her pleasantly toward all he might do. He took out a neat business card, on which was engraved Bartlett, Caryoe & Company, and down in the left-hand corner, Chas. H. Drouet. “That’s me,” he said, putting the card in her hand and touching his name. “It’s pronounced Drew-eh. Our family was French, on my father’s side.” She looked at it while he put up his purse. Then he got out a letter from a bunch in his coat pocket. “This is the house I travel for,” he went on, pointing to a picture on it, “corner of State and Lake.” There was pride in his voice. He felt that it was something to be connected with such a place, and he made her feel that way. “What is your address?” he began again, fixing his pencil to write. She looked at his hand. “Carrie Meeber,” she said slowly. “Three hundred and fifty-four West Van Buren Street, care S.C Hanson.” He wrote it carefully down and got out the purse again. “You’ll be at home if I come around Monday night?” he said. “I think so” she answered. They were nearing Chicago. Signs were everywhere numerous. Trains flashed by them. Across wide stretches of flat, open prairie they could see lines of telegraph poles stalking across the fields toward the great city. Far away were indications of suburban towns, some big smoke-stacks towering high in the air. Frequently there were two-story frame houses standing out in the open fields, without fences or trees, lone outposts of the approaching army of homes. Sister Carrie gazed out of the window. Her companion, affected by her wonder, so contagious are all things, felt anew some interest in the city and pointed out its marvels. “This is Northwest Chicago,” said Drouet. “This is the Chicago River,” and he pointed to a little muddy creek, crowded with the huge masted wanderers from far off waters nosing the black posted banks. With a puff, a clang, and a clatter of rails it was gone. “Chicago is getting to be a great town,” he went on. “It’s a wonder. You’ll find lots to see here.” She did not hear this very well. Her heart was troubled by a kind of terror. The fact that she was alone, away from home, rushing into a great sea of life and endeavour began to tell. She could not help but feel a little choked for breath – a little sick as her heart beat so fast. She half closed her eyes and tried to think it was nothing, that Columbia City was only a little way off. “Chicago! Chicago!” called the brakeman, shamming open the door. They were rushing into a more crowded yard, alive with the clatter and clang of life. She began to gather up her poor little grip and closed her hand firmly upon her purse. Drouet arose, kicked his legs to straighten his trousers, and seized his clean yellow grip. “I suppose your people will be here to meet you?” he said. “Let me carry your grip.” “Oh, no,” she said. “I’d rather you wouldn’t. I’d rather you wouldn’t be with me when I meet my sister.” “All right,” he said in all kindness. “I’ll be near, – though, in case she isn’t here, and take you out there safely.” “You’re so kind,” said Carrie, feeling the goodness of such attention in her strange situation. “Chicago!” called the brakeman, drawing the word out long. They were under a great shadowy train shed where the lamps were already beginning to shine out, with passenger cars all about and train moving at s snail’s pace. The people in the car were all up and crowding about the door. “Well, here we are,” said Drouet, leading the way to the door. “Good-bye, till I see you Monday.” “Good-bye,” she answered, taking his proffered hand. Remember, I’ll be looking till you find your sister smiled into his eyes. They filed out, and he affected to take no notice of her. A lean-faced, rather commonplace woman recognized Carrie on the platform and hurried forward. “Why, Sister Carrie!” she began, and there was a perfunctory embrace of welcome. Carrie realized the change of affectional atmosphere at once. Amid all the maze, uproar, and novelty she felt cold reality taking her by the hand. No world of light and merriment. No round of amusement. Her sister carried with her most of the grimness of shift and toil.[10 - Her sister carried with her most of the grimness of shift and toil. – Вид сестры свидетельствовал о беспросветности ее жизни, наполненной тяжелым трудом.] “Why, how are all the folks at home?” she began; “how is father, and mother?” Carrie answered, but was looking away. Down the aisle, toward the gate leading into the waiting-room and the street, stood Drouet. He was looking back. When he saw that she saw him and was safe with her sister he turned to go, sending back the shadow of a smile. Only Carrie saw it. She felt something lost to her when he moved away. When he disappeared she felt his absence thoroughly. With her sister she was much alone, a lone figure in a tossing, thoughtless sea. Chapter II What Poverty Threatened: of Granite and Brass Minnie’s flat, as the one-floor resident apartment were then being called, was in a part of West Van Buren Street inhabited by families of labourers and clerks, men who had come, and were still coming, with the rush of population pouring in at the rate of 50,000 a year. It was on the third floor, the front windows looking down into the street, where, at night the lights of grocery stores were shinning and children were playing. She gazed into the lighted street when Minnie brought her into the front room, and wondered at the sounds, the movement, the murmur of the vast city which stretched for miles and miles in every direction. Mrs. Hanson, after the first greetings were over, gave Carrie the baby and proceed to get supper. Her husband asked a few questions and sat down to read the evening paper. He was silent man, American born, of a Swede father, and now employed as a cleaner of refrigerator cars at the stock-yards. To him the presence or absence of his wife’s sister was a matter of indifference. Her personal appearance did not affect him one way or the other. His one observation to the point was concerning the chances of work in Chicago. “It’s a big place” he said. “You can get in somewhere in a few days. Everybody does.” It had been tacitly understood beforehand that she was to get work and pay her board. He was of a clean, saving disposition, and had already paid a number of monthly installments on two lots far out the West Side. His ambition was some day to build a house on them. In the interval which marked the preparation of the meal Carrie found time to study the flat. She had some slight gift of observation and that sense, so rich in every women – intuition. She felt the drag of a lean and narrow life. The walls of the rooms were discordantly papered. The floors were covered with matting and the hall laid with a thin rag carpet. One could see that the furniture was of that poor, hurriedly patched together quality sold by the installment houses. She sat with Minnie, in the kitchen, holding the baby until it began to cry. Then she walked and sang to it, until Hanson, disturbed in his reading, came and took it. A pleasant side to his nature came out here. He was patient. One could see that he was very much wrapped up in his offspring. “Now, now,” he said, walking. “There, there,” and there was a certain Swedish accent noticeable in his voice. “You’ll want to see the city first, won’t you?” said Minnie, when they were eating. “Well, we’ll go out Sunday and see Lincoln Park.” Carrie noticed that Hanson had said nothing to this. He seemed to be thinking of something else. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll look around to-morrow I’ve got Friday and Saturday, and it won’t be any trouble. Which way is the business part?” Minnie began to explain, but her husband took this part of the conversation to himself. “It’s that way,” he said, pointing east. “That’s east. Then he went off into the longest speech he had yet indulged in, concerning the lay of Chicago.” You’d better look in those big manufacturing houses along Franklin Street and just the other side of the river,” he concluded. “Lots of girls work there. You could get home easy, too. It isn’t very far.” Carrie nodded and asked her sister about the neighborhood. The latter talked in a subdued tone, telling the little she knew about it, while Hanson concerned himself with the baby. Finally he jumped up and handed the child to his wife. “I’ve got to get up early in the morning, so I’ll go to bed,” and off he went, disappearing into the dark little bedroom off the hall, for the night. “He works way down at the stock-yards,” explained Minnie, “so he’s got to get up at half-past five.” “What time do you get up to get breakfast?” asked Carrie. “At about twenty minutes of five.” Together they finished the labor of the day, Carrie washing the dishes while Minnie undressed the baby and put it to bed. Minnie’s manner was one of trained industry, and Carrie could see that it was a steady round of toil with her[11 - steady round of toil with her – привычный круг ее обязанностей]. She began to see that her relations with Drouet would have to be abandoned. He could not come here. She read from the manner of Hanson, in the subdued air of Minnie, and, indeed, the whole atmosphere of the flat, a settled opposition to anything save a conservative round of toil. If Hanson sat every evening in the front room and read his paper, if he went to bed at nine, and Minnie a little later, what would they except of her? She saw that: she would first need to get work and establish herself on a paying basis before she could think of having company of any sort. Her little flirtation with Drouet seemed now an extraordinary thing. “No,” she said to herself, “he can’t come here.” She asked Minnie for ink and paper, which were upon the mantel in the dining-room, and when the latter had gone to bed at ten, got out Drouet’s card and wrote him. “I cannot have you call on me here. You will have to wait until you hear from me again. My sister’s place is so small.” Finally, wearied by her own reflections, she began to grow dull in her chair, and feeling the need of sleep, arranged her clothing for the night and went to bed. When she awoke at eight the next morning, Hanson had gone. Her sister was busy in the dining-room, which was also the sitting-room, sewing. She worked, after dressing, to arrange a little breakfast for herself, and then advised with Minnie as to which way to look. The latter had changed considerably since Carrie had seen her. She was now a thin, though rugged, women of twenty-seven, with ideas of life coloured by her husband’s and fast hardening into narrower conceptions of pleasure and duty than had ever been hers in a thoroughly circumscribed youth. “She had invited Carrie, not because she longed for her presence, but because the latter was dissatisfied at home, and could probably get work and pay her board here. She was pleased to see her in a way but reflected her husband’s point of view in the matter of work. Anything was good enough so long as it paid – say, five dollars a week to begin with. It was under such auspicions circumstances that she started out this morning to look for work. She walked east along Van Buren Street through a region of lessening importance, until it deteriorated into a mass of shanties and coal-yards[12 - shanties and coal-yards – лачуг и угольных складов], and finally verged upon the river. She walked bravely forward, led by an honest desire to find employment and delayed at every step by the interest of the unfolding scene, and a sense of helplessness amid so much evidence of power and force which she did not understand. Chapter III We Question of Fortune: Four – Fifty a Week Once across the river and into the wholesale district she glanced about her for some likely door at which to apply. As she contemplated the wide windows and imposing signs, she became conscious of being gazed upon and understood for what she was a wage seeker. She had never done this thing before, and lacked courage. To avoid a certain indefinable shame she felt at being caught spying about for a position, she quickened her steps and assumed an air of indifference supposedly common to one upon an errand. In this way she passed many manufacturing and wholesale houses without once glancing in. At last, after several blocks of walking, she felt that this would not do, and began to look about again though without relaxing her pace. A little way on she saw a great door which, for some reason, attracted her attention. It was ornamented by a small brass sign, and seemed to be the entrance to a vast hive of six or seven floors. “Perhaps,” she though, “they may want some one,” and crossed over to enter. When she came within a score of feet of the desired goal, she saw through the window a young man in a gray checked suit. That he had anything to do with the concern, she could not tell but because he happened to be looking in her direction her weakening heart misgave her and she hurried by, too overcome with shame to enter. Over the way stood a great six-story structure, labeled Storm and King, which she viewed with rising hope. It was a wholesale dry goods concern and employed women. She could see them moving about now and then upon the upper floors. This place she decided to enter, no matter what. She crossed over and walked directly toward the entrance. As she did so, two men came out and paused in the door. A telegraph messenger in blue dashed past her and up the few steps that led to the entrance and disappeared. Several pedestrians out of the hurrying throng which filled the sidewalks passed about her as she paused, hesitating. She looked helplessly around, and then, seeing herself observed, retreated. It was too difficult a task. She could not go past them. So serve a defeat told upon her nerves. Her feet carried her mechanically forward, every foot of her progress being a satisfactory portion of a flight which she gladly made. Block after block passed by. Her cowardice began to trouble her in a way. She turned back, resolving to hunt up Storm and King and enter. On the way she encountered a great wholesale shoe company, through the broad plate windows of which she saw an enclosed executive department, hidden by frosted glass. Without this enclosure, but just within the street entrance, sat a grey-haired gentleman at a small table, with a large open ledger before him. She walked by this institution several times hesitating, but finding herself unobserved, faltered past the screen door and stood humbly waiting. “Well, young lady,” observed the old gentleman, looking at her somewhat kindly, “what is it you wish?” “I am, that is, do you – I mean, do you need any help?” she stammered. “Not just at present,” he answered smiling. “Not just at present. Come in some time next week. Occasionally we need some one.” She received the answer in silence and backed awkwardly out. The pleasant nature of her reception rather astonished her. She had expected that it would be more difficult, that something cold and harsh would be said she knew not what. That she had not been put to shame and made to feel her unfortunate position, seemed remarkable. Somewhat encouraged, she ventured into another large structure. It was a clothing company, and more people were in evidence – well dressed men of forty and more, surrounded by brass railings. An office boy approached her. “Who is it you wish to see?” he asked. “I want to see the manager,” she said. He ran away and spoke to one of a group of three men who were conferring together. One of these came towards her. “Well?” he said coldly. The greeting drove all courage from her at once. “Do you need any help?” she stammered. “No,” he replied abruptly, and turned upon his heel. She went foolishly out, the office boy deferentially swinging the door for her, and gladly sank into the obscuring crowd. It was a severe setback to her recently pleased mental state. High noon came, and with it hunger. She hunted out unassuming restaurant and entered, but was disturbed to find the prices were exorbitant for the size of her purse. A bowl of soup was all that she could afford, and with this quickly eaten, she went out again. It restored her strength somewhat and made her moderately bold to pursue the search. In walking a few blocks to fix upon some probable place, she again encountered the firm of Storm and King, and this time managed to get in. Some gentlemen were conferring close at hand, but took no notice of her. She was left standing, gazing nervously upon the floor. When the limit of her distress had been nearly reached, she was beckoned to by a man at one of the many desks within the nearby railing. “Who is it you wish to see?” he inquired. “Why, any one, if you please,” she answered. “I am looking for something to do.” “Oh, you want to see Mr. McManus,” he returned. “Sit down,” and he pointed to a chair against the neighboring wall. He went on leisurely writing, until after a time a short, stout gentlemen came in from the street. “Mr. McManus,” called the man at the desk, “this young women wants to see you” The short gentlemen turned about towards Carrie, and she rose and came forward. “What can I do for you, miss?” he inquired, surveying her curiously. “I want to know if I can get a position,” she inquired. “As what?” he asked. “Not as anything in particular,” she faltered. “Have you ever had any experience in the wholesale dry goods business?” he questioned. “No, sir,” she replied. “Are you a stenographer or typewriter?” “No, sir.” “Well, we haven’t anything here,” he said. “We employ only experienced help.” She began to step backward toward the door, when something about her plaintive face attracted him. “Have you ever worked at anything before?” he inquired. “No, sir,” she said. “Well, now, it’s hardly possible that you would get anything to do in a wholesale house of this kind. Have you tried the department stores?” She acknowledged that she had not. “Well, if I were you,” he said, looking at her rather genially, “I would try the department stores. They often need young women as clerks.” “Thank you,” she said, her whole nature relieved by this spark of friendly interest. “Yes,” he said, as she moved toward the door, “you try the department stores,” and off he went. At the time the department store was in its earliest form of successful operation, and there were not many The first three in the United States, established about 1884, were in Chicago. Carrie was familiar with the names of several through the advertisements in the “Daily News,” and now proceeded to seek them. The words of Mr. McManus had somehow managed to restore her courage, which had fallen low, and she dared to hope that this new line would offer her something. Sometime she spent in wandering up and down, thinking to encounter the buildings by chance, so readily is the mind, bent upon prosecuting a hard but needful errand, eased by that self-deception which the semblance of search, without the reality, gives. At last she inquired of a police officer, and was directed to proceed “two blocks up,” where she would find “The Fair.” On the second floor were the managerial offices, to which, after some inquiry, she was now directed. There she found other girls ahead of her, applicants like herself. but with more of that self-satisfied and independent air which experience of the city lends; girls who scrutinized her in a painful manner. After a wait of perhaps three quarters of an hour, she was called in turn. “Now,” said a sharp, quick-mannered Jew, who was sitting at a roll-top desk near the windows, “have you even worked in any other store?” “No, sir,” said Carrie. “Oh, you haven’t,” he said, eyeing her keenly. “No, sir,” she replied. “Well, we prefer young women just now with some experience. I guess we can’t use you.” Carrie stood waiting a moment, hardly certain whether the interview had terminated. “Don’t wait!” he exclaimed. “Remember we are very busy here.” Carrie began to move quickly to the door. “Hold on,” he said, calling her back. “Give me your name and address. We want girls occasionally.” When she had gotten safely into the street, she could scarcely restrain the tears. It was not so much the particular rebuff which she had just experienced, but the whole abashing trend of the day. She was tried and nervous. She abandoned the thought of appealing to the other department stores and now wandered on, feeling a certain safety and relief in mingling with the crowd. In her indifferent wandering she turned into Jackson Street, nor far from the river, and was keeping her way along the south side of that imposing thoroughfare, when a piece of wrapping paper, written on with marking ink and tacked up on the door, attracted her attention. It read, “Girls wanted wrappers & stitchers”. She hesitated a moment, then entered. The firm of Speigelheim & Co, makers of boys’ caps, occupied one floor of the building, fifty feet in width and some eighty feet in depth. It was a place rather dingily lighted, the darkest portions having incandescent lights, filled with machines and work benches. At the latter labored quite a company of girls and some men. The former were drabby-looking creatures, stained in face with oil and dust, clad in thin, shapeless, cotton dresses and shod with more or less worn shoes. Carrie looked about her, very much disturbed and quite sure that she did not want to work here. Aside from making her uncomfortable by sidelong glances, no one paid her the least attention. She waited until the whole department was aware of her presence. Then some word was sent around, and a foreman, in an apron and shirt sleeves, the latter rolled up to his shoulders, approached. “Do you want to see me?” he asked. “Do you need any help?” said Carrie, already learning directness of address. “Do you know how to stitch caps?” he returned. “No, sir,” she replied. “Have you ever had any experience at this kind of work?” he inquired. She answered that she had not. “Well,” said the foreman, scratching his ear meditatively, “we do need a stitcher. We like experienced help, though. We’ve hardly got time to break people in.” He paused and looked away out of the window. “We might, though, put you at finishing,” he concluded reflectively. “How much do you pay a week?” ventured Carrie, emboldened by a certain softness in the man’s manner and his simplicity of address. “Three and a half,” he answered. “Oh,” she was about to exclaim, but checked herself and allowed her thoughts to die without expression. “We’re not exactly in need of anybody,” he went on vaguely, looking her over as one would a package. “You can come on Monday morning, though,” he added, “and I’ll put you to work.” “Thank you,” said Carrie weakly. “If you come, bring an apron,” he added. He walked away and left her standing by the elevator, never so much as inquiring her name[13 - much as inquiring her name – даже не спросив, как ее зовут]. This place was grimy and low, the girls were careless and hardened. They must be bad-minded and hearted, she imagined. Still, a place had been offered her. Surely Chicago was not so bad if she could find one place in one day. She might find another and better later. Her subsequent experiences were not of a reassuring nature, however. From all the more pleasing or imposing places she was turned away abruptly with the most chilling formality. In other where she applied only the experienced were required. She met with painful rebuffs, the most trying of which had been in a manufacturing cloak house, where she had gone to the fourth floor to inquire. “No, no,” said foreman, a rough, heavily built individual, who looked after a miserably lighted workshop, “we don’t want any one. Don’t come here.” With the wane of the afternoon went her hopes, her courage, and her strength. Sick at heart and in body, she turned to the west, the direction of Minie’s flat, which she had now fixed in mind, and begat that wearisome, baffled retreat makes. In passing through Fifth Avenue, south towards Van Buren Street, where she intended to take a car, she passed the door of a large wholesale shoe house, through the plate-grass window of which she could see a middle aged gentleman sitting at a small desk. One of those forlorn impulses which often grow out of a fixed sense of defeat, the last sprouting of a baffled and uprooted growth through the door and up to the gentleman, who looked at her weary face with partially awakened interest. “What is it?” he said. “Can you give me something to do?” said Carrie. “Now, I really don’t know,” he said kindly. “What kind of work is it you want – you’re not a typewriter, are you?” “Oh, no,” answered Carrie. “Well, we only employ book-keepers and typewriters here. You might go around to the side and inquire upstairs. They did want some help upstairs a few days ago. Ask for Mr. Brown.” She hastened around to the side entrance and was taken up by the elevator to the fourth floor. “Call Mr. Brown, Willie,” said the elevator man to a boy near by. Willie went off and presently returned with the information that Mr. Brown said she should sit down and that he would be around in a little while. It was a portion of the stock room which gave no idea of the general character of the place, and Carrie could form no opinion of the nature of the work. “So you want something to do,” said Mr. Brown, after he inquired concerning the nature of her errand. “Have you ever been employed in a shoe factory before?” “No, sir,” said Carrie. “What is your name?” he inquired, and being informed, “Well, I don’t know as I have anything for you. Would you work for four and a half a week?” Carrie was too worn by defeat not to feel that it was considerable. She had not expected that he would offer her less than six. She acquiesced, however, and he took her name and address. “Well,” he said, finally, “you report here at eight o’clock Monday morning. I think I can find something for you to do.” He left her revived by the possibilities, sure that she had found something at last. She now felt that life was better, that it was livelier, sprightlier. She boarded a car in the best of spirits, feeling her blood still flowering pleasantly. She would live in Chicago, her mind kept saying to itself. She would have a better time than she had ever had before – she would be happy. Chapter IV The Spendings of Fancy: Facts Answer with Sneers When Hanson came home at seven o’clock, he was inclined to be a little crusty – his usual demeanour before supper. This never showed so much in anything he said as in a certain solemnity of countenance and the silent manner in which he slopped about. He had a pair of yellow carpet slippers which he enjoyed wearing, and these he would immediately substitute for his soiled pair of shoes. This, and washing his face with the aid of common washing soap until it glowed a shiny red, constituted his only preparation for his evening meal. He would then get his evening paper and read in silence. For a young man, this was rather a morbid turn of character, and so affected Carrie. Indeed, it affected the entire atmosphere of the flat, as such things are inclined to do, and gave to his wife’s mind its subdued and tactful turn, anxious to avoid taciturn replies[14 - to avoid taciturn replies – избегать вопросов, которые могли остаться без ответа]. Under the influence of Carrie’s announcement he brightened up somewhat. “You didn’t lose any time, did you?” he remarked, smiling a little. “No,” returned Carrie with a touch of pride. He asked her one or two more questions and then turned to play with the baby, leaving the subject until it was brought up again by Minnie at the table. Carrie, however, was not to be reduced to the common level of observation which prevailed in the flat. “It seems to be such a large company,” she said, at one place. “Great big plate-glass windows and lots of clerks. The man I saw said they hired ever so many people.” “It’s not very hard to get work now,” put in Hanson, “if you look right.” Minnie under the warning influence of Carrie’s good spirits and her husband’s somewhat conversational mood, began to tell Carrie of some of the well-known things to see – things the enjoyment of which cost nothing. “You’d like to see Michigan Avenue. There are such fine houses. It is such a fine street.” “Where is ’H.R. Jacob’s’?” interrupted Carrie, mentioning one of the theatres devoted to melodrama which went by that name at the time. “Oh, it’s not very far from here,” answered Minnie. “It’s in Halstead Street, right up here.” “How I’d like to go there. I crossed Halstead Street to-day, didn’t I?” At this there was a slight halt in the natural reply. Thoughts are a strangely permeating factor. At her suggestion of going to the theatre, the unspoken shade of disapproval to the doing of those things which involved the expenditure of money – shades of feeling which arose in the mind of Hanson and then on Minnie – slightly affected the atmosphere of the table. Minnie answered “yes,” but Carrie could feel that going to the theatre was poorly advocated here. The subject was put off for a little while until Hanson, through with his meal, took his paper and went into the front room. When they were alone, the two sisters began a somewhat freer conversation, Carrie interrupting it to hum a little, as they worked at the dishes. “I should like to walk up and see Halstead Street, if it isn’t too far,” said Carrie, after a time. “Why don’t we go to the theatre tonight?” “Oh, I don’t think Sven would want to go to-night,” returned Minnie. “He has to get up so early.” “He wouldn’t mind – he’d enjoy it,” said Carrie. “No, he doesn’t go very often,” returned Minnie. “Well, I’d like to go,” rejoined Carrie. “Let’s you and me go.” Minnie pondered a while, not upon whether she could or would go for that point was already negatively settled with her – but upon some means of diverting the thoughts of her sister to some other topic. “We’ll go some other time,” she said at last, finding no ready means of escape. Carrie sensed the root of the opposition at once. “I have some money,” she said. “You go with me.” Minnie shook her head. “He could go along,” said Carrie. “No, returned Minnie softly, and rattling the dishes to drown the conversation. “He wouldn’t.” It had been several years since Minnie had seen Carrie, and in that time the latter’s character had developed a few shades. Naturally timid in all things that related to her own advancement, and especially so when without power or resource, her craving for pleasure was so strong that it was the one stay of her nature. She would speak for that when silent on all else.[15 - She would speak for that when silent on all else. – Она могла бы молчать о чем угодно, но только не об этом.] “Ask him,” she pleaded softly. Minnie was thinking of the resource which Carrie’s board would add. It would pay the rent and would make the subject of expenditure a little less difficult to talk about with her husband. But if Carrie was going to think of running around in the beginning there would be a hitch somewhere. Unless Carrie submitted to a solemn round of industry and saw the need of hard work without longing for play, how was her coming to the city to profit them? These thoughts were not those of a cold, hard nature at all. They were the serious reflections of a mind which invariably adjusted itself, without much complaining, to such surroundings as its industry could make for it. At last she yield enough to ask Hanson. It was a half-hearted procedure without a shade of desire on her part. “Carrie wants us to go to the theatre,” she said, looking in upon her husband. Hanson looked up from his paper, and they exchanged a mild look, which said as plainly as anything: “This isn’t what we expected.” “I don’t care to go,” he returned. “What does she want to see?” “H.R Jacob’s,” said Minnie. He looked down at his paper and shook his head negatively. When Carrie saw how they looked upon her proposition, she gained a still clearer feeling of their way of life. It weighted on her, but took no definite form of opposition. “I think I’ll go down and stand at the foot of the stairs,” she said, after a time. Minnie made no objection to this, and Carrie put on her hat and went below. “Where has Carrie gone?” asked Hanson, coming back into the dinning-room when he heard the door close. “She said she was going down to the foot of the stairs,” answered Minnie. “I guess she just wants to look out a while.” “She oughtn’t to be thinking about spending her money on theatres already, do you think?” he said. “She just feels a little curious, I guess,” ventured Minnie. “Everything is so new.” “I don’t know,” said Hanson, and went over to the baby, his forehead slightly wrinkled. He was thinking of a full career of vanity and wastefulness which a young girl might indulge in, and wondering how Carrie could contemplate such a course when she had so little, as yet, with which to do. On Saturday Carrie went out by herself – first toward the river, which interested her, and then back along Jackson Street, which was then lined by the pretty houses and fine lawns which subsequently caused it to be made into a boulevard. She was struck with the evidences of wealth, although there was, perhaps, not a person on the street worth more than a hundred thousand dollars. She was glad to be out of the flat, because already she felt that it was a narrow, humdrum place, and that interest and joy lay elsewhere. Her thoughts now were of a more liberal character, and she punctuated them with speculations as to the whereabouts of Drouet. She was not sure but that he might call anyhow Monday night, and, while she felt a little disturbed at the possibility, there was, nevertheless, just the shade of a wish that he would. On Monday she arose early and prepared to go to work. She dressed herself in a worn shirt-waist of dotted blue percale, a skirt of light-brown serge rather faded, and a small straw hat which she had worn all summer at Columbia City. Her shoes were old, and her necktie was in that crumpled, flattened state which time and much wearing impart. She made a very average looking shop-girl with the exception of her features. These were slightly more even than common, and gave her a sweet, reserved, and pleasing appearance. It is no easy thing to get up early in the morning when one is used to sleeping until seven and eight, as Carrie had been at home. She gained some inkling of the character of Hanson’s life when, half asleep, she looked out into the dinning-room at six o’clock and saw him silently finishing his breakfast. By the time she was dressed he was gone, and she, Minnie, and the baby ate together, the latter being just old enough to sit in a high chair and disturb the dishes with a spoon. Her spirits were greatly subdued now when the fact of entering upon strange and untried duties confronted her. Only the ashes of all her fine fancies were remaining – ashes still concealing, nevertheless, a few red embers of hope. So subdued was she by her weakening nerve, that she ate quite in silence. going over imaginary conceptions of the character of the shoe company, the nature of the work, her employer’s attitude. She was vaguely feeling that she would come in contact with the great owners, that her work would be where grave, stylishly dressed men occasionally look on. “Well, good luck,” said Minnie, when she was ready to go. They had agreed it was best to walk, that morning at least, to see if she could do it every day – sixty cents a week for car fare being quite an item under the circumstances. “I’ll tell you how it goes to-night,” said Carrie. Carrie went straight forward until she crossed the river, and then turned into Fifth Avenue. The thoroughfare, in this part, was like a walled cacon of brown stone and clean. It was with weak knees and a slight catch in her breathing that she came up to the great shoe company at Adams and Fifth Avenue and entered the elevator. When she stepped out on the fourth floor there was no one at hand, only great aisles of boxes piled to the ceiling. She stood, very much frightened, awaiting some one. Presently Mr. Brown came up. He did not seem to recognise her. “What is it you want?” he inquired. Carrie’s heart sank. “You said I should come this morning to see about work –”. “What is your name?” “Carrie Meeber.” “Yes,” said he. “You come with me.” He led the way through dark, box-lined aisles which had the smell of new shoes, until they came to an iron door which opened into the factory proper. There was a large, low-ceiled room, with clacking, rattling machines at which men in white shirt sleeves and blue gingham aprons[16 - gingham apron – холщовый фартук] were working. She followed him diffidently through the clattering automatons, keeping her eyes straight before her, and flushing slightly. They crossed to a far corner and took an elevator to the sixth floor. Out of the array of machines and benches, Mr. Brown signaled a foreman. “This is the girl,” he said, and turning to Carrie, “You go with him.” He then returned, and Carrie followed her new superior to a little desk in a corner, which he used as a kind of official center. “You’ve never worked at anything like this before, have you?” he questioned, rather sternly. “No, sir,” she answered. He seemed rather annoyed at having to bother with such help, but put down her name and then led her across to where a line of girls occupied stools in front of clacking machines. On the shoulder of one of the girls who was punching eye-holes in one piece of the upper, by the aid of the machine, he put his hand. “You,” he said, “show this girl how to do what you’re doing. When you get through, come to me.” The girl so addressed rose promptly and gave Carrie her place. “It isn’t hard to do,” she said, bending over. “You just take this so, fasten it with this clamp, and start the machine.” She suited action to work, fastened the piece of leather, which was eventually to form the right half of the upper of a man’s shoe, by little adjustable clamps, and pushed a small steel rod at the side of the machine. The latter jumped to the task of punching, with sharp, snapping clicks, cutting circular bits of leather out of the side of the upper, leaving the holes which were to hold the laces. After observing a few times, the girl let her work at it alone. Seeing that it was fairly well done, she went away. The pieces of leather came from the girl at the machine to her right, and were passed on to the girl at her left. Carrie saw at once that an average speed was necessary or the work would pile up on her and all those below would be delayed. She had no time to look about, and bent anxiously to her task. The girls at her left and right realized her predicament and feelings, and, in a way, tried to aid her, as much as they dared, by working slower. At this task she labored incessantly for some time, finding relief from her own nervous fears and imaginings in the humdrum, mechanical movement of the machine. She felt, as the minutes passed, that the room was not very light. It had a thick odor of fresh leather, but that did not worry her. She felt the eyes of the other help upon her, and troubled lest she was not working fast enough. Once, when she was fumbling at the little clamp, having made a slight error in setting in the leather, a great hand appeared before her eyes and fastened the clamp for her. It was the foreman. Her heart thumped so that she could scarcely see to go on. “Start your machine,” he said, “start your machine. Don’t keep the line waiting.” This recovered her sufficiently and she went excitedly on, hardly breathing until the shadow moved away from behind her. Then she heaved a great breath. As the morning wore on the room became hotter. She felt the need of a breath of fresh air and a drink of water but did not venture to stir. The stool she sat on was without a back or foot-rest, and she began to feel uncomfortable. She found, after a time, that her back was beginning to ache. She twisted and turned from one position to another slightly different, but it did not ease her for long. She was beginning to weary. “Stand up, why don’t you?” said the girl at her right without any form of introduction. “They won’t care.” Carrie looked at her gratefully. “I guess I will,” she said. She stood up from her stool and worked that way for a while, but it was a more difficult position. Her neck and shoulder ached in bending over. The spirit of the place impressed itself on her in a rough way. She did not venture to look around, but above the clack of the machine she could hear an occasional remark. She could also note a thing or two out of the side of her eye. “Did you see Harry last night?” said the girl at her left, addressing her neighbor. “No.” “You ought to have seen the tie he had on. Gee, but he was a mark.[17 - Gee, but he was a mark. – Здурово, его было видно издалека.]” “S-s-t,” said the other girl, bending over her work. The first, silenced, instantly assumed a solemn face. The foreman passed slowly along, eyeing each worker distinctly. The moment he was gone, the conversation was resumed again. “Say,” began the girl at her left, “what do you think he said?” “I don’t know.” “He said he saw us with Eddie Harris at Martin’s last night.” “No!” They both giggled. A youth with tan-colored hair, that needed clipping very badly, came shuffling along between the machines, bearing a basket of leather findings under his left arm, and pressed against his stomach. When near Carrie, he stretched out his right hand and gripped one girl under the arm. “Aw, let me go,” she exclaimed angrily. “Duffer.”[18 - Duffer. – Болван.] He only grinned broadly in return. “Rubber!”[19 - Rubber! – Клизма!] he called back as she looked after him. There was nothing of the gallant in him. Carrie at last could scarcely sit still. Her legs began to tire and she wanted to get up and stretch. Would noon never come? It seemed as if she had worked an entire day. She was not hungry at all, but weak, and her eyes were tired, straining at the one point where the eye-punch came down. The girl at the right noticed her squirmings and felt sorry for her. She was concentrating herself too thoroughly-what she did really required less mental and physical strain. There was nothing to be done, however. When she was wondering whether the strain would ever cease, a dull-sounding bell clanged somewhere down an elevator shaft, and the end came. In a instant there was a buzz of action and conversation. All the girls instantly left their stools and hurried away in an adjoining room, men passed through, coming from some department which opened on the right. The whirling wheels began to sing in a steadily modifying key, until at last they died away in a low buzz. There was an audible stillness, in which the common voice sounded strange. Carrie got up and sought her lunch box. She was stiff, a little dizzy, and very thirsty. On the way to the small space portioned off by wood, where all the wraps and lunches were kept, she encountered the foreman, who started at her hard. “Well,” he said, “did you get along all right?” “I think so,” she replied, very respectfully. “Um,” he replied, for want of something better, and walked on. Under better material conditions, this kind of work would not have been so bad, but the new socialism which involves pleasant working conditions for employees had not then taken hold upon manufacturing companies. Carrie looked about her, after she had drunk a tinful of water from a bucket in one corner, for a place to sit and eat. She saw no place which did not hold a couple or a group of girls, and being too timid to think of intruding herself, she sought out her machine and, seated upon her stool, opened her lunch on her lap. There she sat listening to the chatter and comment about her. It was for the most part, silly and graced by the current slang. Several of the men in the room exchanged compliments with the girls at long range. “Say, Kitty,” called one to a girl who was doing a waltz step in a few feet of space near one of the windows, “are you going to the ball with me?” “Look out, Kitty,” called another, “you’ll jar your back hair.” “Go on, Rubber,” was her only comment. She was glad when the short half hour was over and the wheels began to whirr again. Though wearied, she would be inconspicuous. This illusion ended when another young man passed along the aisle and poked her indifferently in the ribs with his thumb. She turned about, indignation leaping to her eyes, but he had gone on and only once turned to grin. She found it difficult to conquer an inclination to cry. The girl next her noticed her state of mind. “Don’t you mind,” she said. “He’s too fresh.”[20 - He’s too fresh. – Он ужастный нахал.] Carrie said nothing, but bent over her work. When six o’clock came she hurried eagerly away, her arms aching and her limbs stiff from sitting in one position. As she passed out along the hall after getting her hat, a young machine hand, attracted by her looks, made bold to jest with her. “Say, Maggie,” he called, “if you wait, I’ll walk with you.” It was thrown so straight in her direction that she knew who was meant, but never turned to look. In the crowded elevator, another dusty, toil-stained youth tried to make an impression on her by leering in her face. One young man, waiting on the walk outside for the appearance of another, grinned at her as she passed. “Ain’t going my way, are you?” he called jocosely. Carrie turned her face to the west with a subdued heart. As she turned the corner, she saw through the great shiny window the small desk at which she had applied. There were the crowds, hurrying with the same buzz and energy yielding enthusiasm. She felt a slight relief, but it was only at her escape. She felt ashamed in the face of better dressed girls who went by. She felt as though she should be better served, and her heart revolted. Chapter V A Glittering Night Flower: The Use of a Name Drouet did not call that evening. After receiving the letter, he had laid aside all thought of Carrie for the time being and was floating around having what he considered a gay time. On this particular evening he dined at “Rector’s,” a restaurant of some local fame, which occupied a basement at Clark and Monroe Streets. Thereafter he visited the resort of Fitzgerald and Moy’s in Adams Street, opposite the imposing Federal Building. There he leaned over the splendid bar and swallowed a glass of plain whiskey and purchased a couple of cigars, one of which he lighted. This to him represented in part high life – a fair sample of what the whole must be. Drouet was not a drinker in excess. He was not a moneyed man. He only craved the best, as his mind conceived it, and such doings seemed to him a part of the best. Rector’s, with its polished marble walls and floor, its profusion of lights, its show of china and silverware, and, above all, its reputation as a resort for actors and professional men, seemed to him the proper place for a successful man to go. He loved fine clothes, good eating, and particularly the company and acquaintanceship of successful men. When dining, it was source of keen satisfaction to him to know that Joseph Jefferson was wont to come to this same place, or that Henry E. Dixie, a well known performer of the day, was then only a few tables off. At Rector’s he could always obtain this satisfaction for there one could encounter politicians, brokers, actors, some rich young “rounders”[21 - rich young “rounders” – богатые молодые бездельники] of the town, all eating and drinking amid a buzz of popular commonplace conversation. “That’s So-and so over there,” was a common remark of these gentlemen among themselves, particularly among those who had not yet reached, but hoped to do so, the dazzling height which money to dine here lavishly represented. “You don’t say so,” would be the reply. “Why, yes, didn’t you know that? Why, he’s manager of the Grand Opera House.” When these things would fall upon Drouet’s ears, he would straighten himself a little more stiffly and eat with solid comfort. If he had any vanity, this augmented it, and if he had any ambition, this stirred it. He would be able to flash a roll of greenbacks too some day. As it was, he could eat where they did. At Rector’s Drouet had met Mr. G. W. Hurstwood, manager of Fitgerald and Moy’s. He had been pointed out as a very successful and well-known man about town. Hurstwood looked the part, for, besides being slightly under forty, he had a good, stout constitution, an active manner, and solid, substantial air, which was composed in part of his fine clothes, his clean linen, his jewels, and, above all, his own sense of his importance. For the most part he lounged about, dressed in excellent tailored suits of imported goods, a solitaire ring, a fine blue diamond in his tie, a striking vest of some new pattern, and a watch-chain of solid gold, which held a charm of rich design, and a watch of the latest make and engraving. He knew by name, and could greet personally with a “Well, old fellow,” hundreds of actors, merchants, politicians, and the general run of successful characters about town, and it was part of his success to do so. He had a finely graduated scale of informality and friendship, which improved from the “How do you do?” addressed to the fifteen-dollar-a-week clerks and office attaches, who, by long frequenting of the place, became aware of his position, to the “Why old man, how are you?” which he addressed to those noted or rich individuals who knew him and were inclined to be friendly. There was a class however, too rich, too famous, or too successful with whom he could not attempt any familiarity of address, and with these he was professionally tactful, assuming a grave and dignified attitude, paying them the deference which would win their good feeling without in the least compromising his own bearing and opinions. There were, in the last place, a few good followers, neither rich nor poor, famous, nor yet remarkably successful, with whom he was friendly on the score of good-fellowship. These were the kind of men with whom he would converse longest and most seriously. He loved to go out and have a good time once in a while – to go to the races, the theatres, the sporting entertainments at some of the clubs. He kept a horse and neat trap, had his wife and two children, who were well established in neat house on the North Side near Lincoln Park, and was altogether a very acceptable individual of our great American upper class-the first grade below the luxuriously rich. Hurstwood liked Douet. The latter’s genial nature and dressy appearance pleased him. He knew that Drouet was only a traveling salesman – and not one of many years at that – but the firm of Barlett, Caryoe & Company was large and prosperous house, and Drouet stood well. “Why, hello, Charlie, old man,” said Hurstwood, as Drouet came in that evening about eight o’clock. “How goes it?” The room was crowded. Drouet shook hands, beaming good nature, and they strolled towards the bar. “Oh, all right.” “I haven’t seen you in six weeks. When did you get in?” “Friday,” said Drouet. “Had a fine trip.” “Glad of it,” said Hurstwood, his black eyes lit with a warmth which half displaced the cold make-believe that usually dwelt in them. “What are you going to take?” he added, as the barkeeper, in snowy jacket and tie, leaned toward them from behind the bar. “Old Pepper,” said Drouet. “A little of the same for me,” put in Hurstwood. “How long are you in town this time?” inquired Hurstwood. “Only until Wednesday. I’m going up to St. Paul.” “George Evans was in here Saturday and said he saw you in Milwaukee last week.” “Yes, I saw George,” returned Drouet. “Great old boy, isn’t he? We had quite a time there together.” The barkeeper was setting out the glasses and bottle before them, and they now poured out the draught as they talked, Drouet filling his to within a third of full, as was considered proper, and Hurstwood taking the barest suggestion of whiskey and modifying it with seltzer. “What’s become of Caryoe?” remarked Hurstwood “I haven’t seen him around here in two weeks.” “Laid up, they say,” exclaimed Drouet. “Say, he’s a gouty old boy!”[22 - Laid up, they say, … Say, he’s a gouty old boy! – Болен, говорят … Старик страдает подагрой!] “I guess he can’t hurt the business very much, though, with the other members all there.” “No, he can’t injure that any, I guess.” Hurstwood was standing, his coat open, his thumbs in his pockets, the light on his jewels and rings relieving them with agreeable distinctness. He was the picture of fastidious comfort. “See that a fellow coming in there?” said Hurstwood, glancing at a gentlemen just entering, arrayed in a high hat and Prince Albert coat[23 - high hat and Prince Albert coat – в цилиндре и сюртуке], his fat cheeks puffed and red as with good eating. “No, where?” said Drouet. “There,” said Hurstwood, indicating the direction by a cast of his eye, “the man with the silk hat.” “Oh, yes,” said Drouet, now affecting not to see. “Who is he?” “That’s Jules Wallace, the spiritualist.” Drouet followed him with his eyes, much interested. “Doesn’t look much like a man who sees spirits, does he?” said Drouet. “Oh, I don’t know,” returned Hurstwood. “He’s got the money, all right,” and a little twinkle passed over his eyes. “I don’t go much on those things, do you?” asked Drouet. “Well, you never can tell,” said Hurstwood. “There may be something to it. I wouldn’t bother about it myself, though. By the way,” he added, “are you going anywhere to-night?” “The Hole in the Ground,” said Drouet, mentioning the popular farce of the time. “Well, you’d better be going. It’s half after eight already,” and he drew out his watch. The crowd was already thinning out considerably, some bound for the theatres, some to their clubs, and some to that most fascinating of all the pleasures – for the type of man there represented, at least – the ladies. “Yes, I will,” said Drouet. “Come around after the show. I have something I want to show you,” said Hurstwood. “Sure,” said Drouet, elated. “You haven’t anything on hand for the night, have you?” added Hurstwood. “Not a thing.” “Well, come round, then.” “I struck a little peach coming in on the train Friday,” remarked Drouet, by way of parting. “By George, that’s so, I must go and call on her before I go away.” “Oh, never mind her,” Hurstwood remarked. “Say, she was a little dandy, I tell you,” went on Drouet confidentially, and trying to impress his friend. “Twelve o’clock,” said Hurstwood. “That’s right,” said Drouet, going out. Thus was Carrie’s name bandied about in the most frivolous and gay of places, and that also when the little toiler was bemoaning her narrow lot[24 - when the little toiler was bemoaning her narrow lot – когда маленькая труженица оплакивала свою жалкую долю], which was almost inseparable from the early stages of this, her unfolding fate. Chapter VI The Machine and the Maiden: A Knight of To-Day At the flat that evening Carrie felt a new phase of its atmosphere. The fact that it was unchanged, while her feelings were different, increased her knowledge of its character. Minnie, after the good spirits Carrie manifested at first, expected a fair report. Hanson supposed that Carrie would be satisfied. “Well,” he said, as he came in from the hall in his working clothes, and looked at Carrie through the dining-room door, “how did you make out?” “Oh,” said Carrie, “it’s pretty hard. I don’t like it.” There was an air about her which showed plainer than any words that she was both weary and disappointed. “What sort of work is it?” he asked, lingering a moment as he turned upon his heel to go into the bathroom. “Running a machine,” answered Carrie. To Carrie, the one relief of the whole day would have been a jolly home, a sympathetic reception, a bright supper table, and some one to say: “Oh, well stand it a little while. You will get something better,” put now this was ashes. She began to see that they looked upon her complaint as unwarranted, and that she was supposed to work on and say nothing. She knew that she was to pay four dollar for her board and room, and now she felt that it would be an exceedingly gloomy round living with these people. She had forgotten, in considering and explaining the result of her day, that Drouet might come. Now, when she saw how unreceptive these two people were, she hoped he would not. She did not know exactly what she would do or how she would explain to Drouet, if he came. After supper she changed her clothes. When she was trimly dressed she was rather a sweet little being, with large eyes and a sad mouth. Her face expressed the mingled expectancy, dissatisfaction, and depression she felt. She wandered about after the dishes were put away, talked a little with Minnie, and then decided to go down and stand in the door at the foot of the stairs. If Drouet came, she could meet him there. Her face took on the semblance of a look of happiness as she put on her hat to go below. The life of the streets contained for a long time to interest Carrie. She never wearied of wondering where the people in the cars were going or what their enjoyments were. Her imagination trod a very narrow round, always winding up at points which concerned money, looks, clothes or enjoyment. She would have a far-off thought of Columbia City now and then, or an irritating rush of feeling concerning her experiences of the present day, but, on the whole, the little world about her enlisted her whole attention. During the remainder of the week it was very much the same. One or two nights she found herself too tried to walk home, and expended car fare. She was not very strong, and sitting all day affected her back. She went to bed one night before Hanson. Transplantation is not always successful in the matter of flowers or maidens. It requires sometimes a richer soil, a better atmosphere to continue even a natural growth. It would have been better if her acclimatization had been more gradual – less rigid. She would have done better if she had not secured a position so quickly, and had seen more of the city which she constantly troubled to know about. On the first morning it rained she found that she had no umbrella. Minnie loaned her one of hers, which was worn and faded. There was the kind of vanity in Carrie that troubled at this. She went to one of the great department stores and bought herself one, using a dollar and a quarter of her small store to pay for it. “What did you do that for, Carrie?” asked Minnie, when she saw it. “Oh, I need one,” said Carrie. “You foolish girl.” Carrie resented this, though she did not reply. She was not going to be a common shop-girl, she thought; they need not think it, either. One the first Saturday night Carrie paid her board, four dollars. Minnie had a quaver of conscience as she took it, but did not know how to explain to Hanson if she took less. That worthy gave up just four dollar less toward the household expenses with a smile of satisfaction. He contemplated increasing his Building and Loan payments. As for Carrie, she studied over the problem of finding clothes and amusement on fifty cents a week. She brooded over this until she was in a state of mental rebellion. “I’m going up the street for a walk,” she said after supper. “Not alone, are you?” asked Hanson. “Yes,” returned Carrie. “I wouldn’t,” said Minnie. “I want to see something,” said Carrie, and by the tone she put into the last word they realized for the first time she was not pleased with them. “What’s the matter with her?” asked Hanson, when she went into the front room to get her hat. “I don’t know,” said Minnie. “Well, she ought to know better than to want to go out alone.” Carrie did not go very far, after all. She returned and stood in the door. There came a day when the first premonitory blast of winter swept over the city. It scudded the fleecy clouds in the heavens, trailed long, thin streamers of smoke from the tall stacks, and raced about the streets and corners in sharp and sudden puffs. Carrie now felt the problem of winter clothes. What was she to do? She had no winter jacket, no hat, no shoes. It was difficult to speak to Minnie about this, but at last she summoned the courage. “I don’t know what I’m going to do about clothes,” she said one evening when they were together. “I need a hat.” Minnie looked serious. “Why don’t you keep part of your money and buy yourself one?” she suggested, worried over the situation which the withholding of Carrie’s money would create. “I’d like to for a week or so, if you don’t mind,” ventured Carrie. “Could you pay two dollars?” asked Minnie. Carrie readily acquiesced, glad to escape the trying situation, and liberal now that she saw a way out. She was elated and began figuring at once. She needed a hat first of all. How Minnie explained to Hanson she never knew. He said nothing at all, but there were thoughts in the air which left disagreeable impressions. The new arrangement might have worked if sickness had not intervened. It blew up cold after a rain one afternoon when Carrie was still without a jacket. She came out of the warm shop at six and shivered as the wind struck her. In the morning she was sneezing, and going down town made it worse. That day her bones ached and she felt light-headed. Towards evening she felt very ill, and when she reached home was not hungry. Minnie noticed her drooping actions and asked her about herself. “I don’t know,” said Carrie. “I feel real bad.” She hung about the stove, suffered a chattering chill, and went to bed sick. The next morning she was thoroughly feverish. Minnie was truly distressed at this, but maintained a kindly demeanour. Hanson said perhaps she had better go back home for a while. When she got up after three days, it was taken for granted that her position was lost. The winter was near at hand, she had no clothes, and now she was out of work. “I don’t know,” said Carrie; “I’ll go down Monday and see if I can’t get something.” If anything, her efforts were more poorly rewarded on this trail than the last. Her clothes were nothing suitable for fall wearing. Her last money she had spent for a hat. For three days she wandered about, utterly dispirited. The attitude of the flat was fast becoming unbearable. She hated to think of going back there each evening. Hanson was so cold. She knew it could not last much longer. Shortly she would have to give up and go home. On the fourth day she was down town all day, having borrowed ten cents for lunch from Minnie. She had applied in the cheapest kind of places without success. She even answered for a waitress in a small restaurant where she saw a card in the window, but they wanted an experienced girl. She moved through the thick throng of strangers, utterly subdued in spirit. Suddenly a hand pulled her arm and turned her about. “Well, well!” said a voice. In the first glance she beheld Drouet. He was not only rosy-cheeked, but radiant. He was the essence of sunshine and good-humour. “Why, how are you, Carrie?” he said. “You’re a daisy. Where have you been?” Carrie smiled under his irresistible flood of geniality. “I’ve been out home,” she said. “Well,” he said, “I saw you across the street there. I thought it was you. I was just coming out to your place.” How are you, anywhere?” “I’m all right,” said Carrie, smiling. Drouet looked her over and saw something different. “Well,” he said, “I want to talk to you. You’re not going anywhere in particular, are you?” “Not just now,” said Carrie. “Let’s go up here and have something to eat. George! but I’m glad to see you again.” She felt so relieved in his radiant presence, so much looked after and cared for, that she assented gladly, though with the slightest air of holding back. “Well,” he said, as he took her arm – and there was an exuberance of good-fellowship in the word which fairly warmed the cockles of her heart.[25 - “Well,” he said, as he took her arm – and there was an exuberance of good-fellowship in the word which fairly warmed the cockles of her heart. – Ну, – сказал он, беря ее под руку, и в тоне его было столько простого товарищеского чувства, что у девушки стало тепло на душе.] They went through Monroe Street to the old Windson dining-room, which was then a large, comfortable place with an excellent cuisine and substantial service. Drouet selected a table close by the window, where the busy route of the street could be seen. He loved the changing panorama of the street – to see and be seen as he dined. “Now,” he said, getting Carrie and himself comfortably settled, “what will you have?” Carrie looked over the large bill of fare which the waiter handed her without really considering it. She was very hungry, and the things she saw there awakened her desires, but the high prices held her attention. “Half broiled spring chicken – seventy-five. Sirloin steak with mushrooms – one twenty-five.” She had dimly heard of these things, but it seemed strange to be called to order from the list. “I’ll fix this,” exclaimed Drouet. “Sst! waiter.” That officer of the board, a full-chested, round-faced negro, approached, and inclined his ear. “Sirloin with mushrooms,” said Drouet. “Stuffed tomatoes.” “Yassah,” assented the negro, nodding his head. “Hashed brown potatoes.”[26 - Hashed brown potatoes. – Жаренный картофель.] “Yassah.” “Asparagus.” “Yassah.” “And a pot of coffee.” Drouet turned to Carrie. “I haven’t had a thing since breakfast. Just got in from Rock Island. I was going off to dine when I saw you.” Carrie smiled and smiled. “What have you been doing?” he went on. “Tell me all about yourself. How is your sister?” “She’s well,” returned Carrie, answering the last query. He looked at her hard. “Say,” he said, “you haven’t been sick, have you?” Carrie nodded. “Well, now that’s a blooming shame, isn’t it? You don’t look very well. I thought you looked a little pale. What have you been doing?” “Working,” said Carrie. “You don’t say so! At what?” She told him. “Rhodes, Morgenthua and Scott – why I know that house. Over here on Fifth Avenue, isn’t it? They’re a close-fisted concern. What made you go there?” “I couldn’t get anything else,” said Carrie frankly. “Well, that’s an outrage,” said Drouet. “You oughtn’t to be working for those people. Have the factory right back of the store, don’t they?” “Yes,” said Carrie. “That isn’t a good house,” said Drouet. “You don’t want to work at anything like that, anyhow.” “So you lost your place because you got sick, eh?” he said. “What are you going to do now?” “Look around,” she said, a thought of the need that hung outside this fine restaurant like a hungry dog at her wheels passing into her eyes. “Oh, no,” said Drouet, “that won’t do. How long have you been looking?” “Four days,” she answered. “Think of that!” he said, addressing some problematical individual. “You oughtn’t to be doing anything like that. These girls,” and he waved an inclusion of all shop and factory girls, “don’t get anything. Why, you can’t live on it, can you?” He was a brotherly sort of creature in his demeanour. “Why don’t you stay down town and go to the theatre with me?” he said, hitching his chair closer. The table was not very wide. “Oh, I can’t,” she said. “What are you going to do to-night?” “Nothing,” she answered, a little drearily. “You don’t like out there where you are, do you?” “Oh I don’t know.” “What are you going to do if you don’t get work?” “Go back home, I guess.” There was least quaver in her voice as she said this. Somehow, the influence he was exerting was powerful. They came to an understanding of each other without words – he of her situation, she of the fact that he realized it. “No,” he said, “you can’t make it!” genuine sympathy filling his mind for the time. “Let me help you. You take some of my money” “Oh, no!” she said, leaning back. “What are you going to do?” he said. She sat meditating, merely shaking her head. He looked at her quite tenderly for his kind. There were some loose bills in his vest pocket – greenbacks They were soft and noiseless, and he got his fingers about them and crumpled them up in his hand. “Come on,” he said, “I’ll see you through all right. Get yourself some clothes.” It was the first reference he had made to that subject, and now she realized how bad off she was. In his crude way he had struck the key-note. Her lips trembled a little. She had her hand out on the table before her. They were quite alone in their corner, and he put his larger, warmer hand over it. “Aw, come, Carrie,” he said, “what can you do alone? Let me help you.” He pressed her hand gently and she tried to withdraw it. At this he held it fast, and she no longer protested. Then he slipped the greenbacks he had into her palm, and when she began to protest, he whispered: “I’ll loan it to you – that’s all right. I’ll loan it to you.” He made her take it. She felt bound to him by a strange tie of affection now. They went out, and he walked with her far out south toward Polk Street, talking. “You don’t want to live with those people?” he said in one place, abstractedly. Carrie heard it, but it made only a slight impression. “Come down and meet me to-morrow,” he said, “and we’ll go to the matinee. Will you?” Carrie protested a while, but acquiesced. “You’re not doing anything. Get yourself a nice pair of shoes and a jacket.” She scarcely gave a thought to the complication which would trouble her when he was gone. In his presence, she was of his own hopeful, easy-way-out mood. “Don’t you bother about those people out there,” he said at parting. “I’ll help you.” Carrie left him, feeling as though a great arm had slipped out before her to draw off trouble. The money she had accepted was two soft, green, handsome ten-dollar bills. Chapter VII The Lure of the Material: Beauty Speaks for Itself The poor girl thrilled as she walked away from Drouet. She felt ashamed in part because she had been weak enough to take it, but her need was so dire, she was still glad. Now she would have a nice jacket! Now she would buy a nice pair button shoes. She would get stockings too, and skirts, and, and – until already, as in the matter of her prospective salary, she had got beyond, in her desires, twice the purchasing power of her bills. She conceived a true estimate of Drouet. To her, and indeed to all the world, he was a nice, good-hearted man. There was nothing evil in the fellow. He gave her the want. He would not have given the same amount to a poor young man, but we must not forget that a poor young man could not, in the nature of things, have appealed to him like a poor young girl. When Carrie had gone, he felicitated himself upon her good opinion. By George, it was a shame young girls had to be knocked around like that. Cold weather coming on and no clothes. Tough. He would go around to Fitzgerald and Moy’s and get a cigar. It made him feel light of foot as he thought about her. Carrie reached home in high good spirits, which she could scarcely conceal. The possession of the money involved a number of points which perplexed her seriously. How should she buy any clothes when Minnie knew that she had no money? She had no sooner entered the flat than this point was settled for her. It could not be done. She could think of no way of explaining. “How did you come out?” asked Minnie, referring to the day. Carrie had none of the small deception which could feel one thing and say something directly opposed. She would prevaricate, but it would be in the line of her feelings, at least. So instead of complaining when she felt so good, she said: “I have the promise of something.” “Where?” “At the Boston Store.” “Is it sure promised?” questioned Minnie. “Well, I’m to find out to-morrow,” returned Carrie disliked to draw out a lie any longer than was necessary. Minnie felt the atmosphere of good feeling which Carrie brought with her. She felt now was the time to express to Carrie the state of Hanson’s feeling about her entire Chicago venture. “If you shouldn’t get it –” she paused, troubled for an easy way. “If I don’t get something pretty soon, I think I’ll go home.” Minnie saw her chance. “Sven thinks it might be best for the winter, anyhow.” The situation flashed on Carrie at once. They were unwilling to keep her any longer, out of work. She did not blame Minnie, she did not blame Hanson very much. Now, as she sat there digesting the remark, she was glad she had Drouet’s money. “Yes,” she said after a few moments, “I thought of doing that.” She did not explain that the thought, however, had aroused all the antagonism of her nature. Columbia City, what was there for her? She knew its dull little round by heart. Here was the great, mysterious city which was still a magnet for her. What she had seen only suggested its possibilities. Now to turn back on it and live the little old life out there – she almost exclaimed against the thought. Curiously, she could not hold the money in her hand without feeling some relief. Even after all her depressing conclusions, she could sweep away all thought about the matter and then the twenty dollars seemed a wonderful and delightful thing. Ah, money, money, money! What a thing it was to have. How plenty of it would clear away all these troubles. In the morning she got up and started out a little early. Her decision to hunt for work was moderately strong, but the money in her pocket, after all her troubling over it, made the work question the least shade less terrible. Without much thinking, she reached Dearborn Street. Here was the great Fair store with its multitude of delivery wagons about, its long window display, its crowd of shoppers. It readily changed her thoughts, she who was so weary of them. It was here that she had intended to come and get her new things. Now for relief from distress; she thought she would go in and see. She would look at the jackets. When she entered the store, she already had her heart fixed upon the peculiar little tan jacket with large mother-of-pearl buttons which was all the rage that fall[27 - all the rage that fall – крик моды в ту осень]. Still she delighted to convince herself that there was nothing she would like better. She went about among the glass cases and racks where these things were displayed, and satisfied herself that the one she thought of was the proper one. All the time she wavered in mind[28 - wavered in mind – была в нерешительности], now persuading herself that she could buy it right away if she chose, now recalling to herself the actual condition. At last the noon hour was dangerously near, and she had done nothing. She must go now and return the money. Drouet was on the corner when she came up. “Hello,” he said, “where is the jacket and” – looking down – “the shoes?” Carrie had thought lead up to her decision in some intelligent way, but this swept the whole fore-schemed situation by the board[29 - but this swept the whole fore-schemed situation by the board – но это «смыло» все заранее заготовленные фразы «за борт»]. “I came to tell you that – that I can’t take the money.” “Oh, that’s it, is it?” he returned. “Well, you come on with me. Let’s go over here to Partridge’s.” Carrie walked with him. Behold, the whole fabric of doubt and impossibility had slipped from her mind. She could not get at the points that were so serious, the things she was going to make plain to him. “Have you had lunch yet? Of course you haven’t. Let’s go in here,” and Drouet turned into one of the very nicely furnished restaurants off State Street, in Monroe. “I mustn’t take the money,” said Carrie, after they were settled in a cozy corner, and Drouet had ordered the lunch. “I can’t wear those things out there. They wouldn’t know where I got them.” “What do you want to do,” he smiled, “go without them?” “I think I’ll go home,” she said, wearily. “Oh, come,” he said, “you’ve been thinking it over too long. I’ll tell you what you do. You rent a furnished room and leave them in that for a week?” Carrie shook her head. Like all women, she was there to object and be convinced. It was for him to brush the doubts away and clear the path if he could. “Why are you going home?” he asked. “Oh, I can’t get anything here.” “They won’t keep you?” he remarked, intuitively. “They can’t” said Carrie. “I’ll tell you what you do,” he said. “You come with me. I’ll take care of you.” Carrie heard this passively. The peculiar state which she was in made it sound like the welcome breath of an open door. Drouet seemed of her own spirit and pleasing.[30 - Drouet seemed of her own spirit and pleasing. – Друэ, казалось, полностью понимал ее и был таким приятным.] He was clean, handsome, well-dressed, and sympathetic. His voice was the voice of a friend. “What can you do back at Columbia City?” he went on, rousing by the words in Carrie’s mind a picture of the dull world she had left. “There isn’t anything down there. Chicago’s the place. You can get a nice room here and some clothes and then you can do something.” Carrie looked out through the window into the busy street. There it was, the admirable, great city, so fine when you are not poor. An elegant coach, with a prancing pair of bays, passed by, carrying in its upholstered depths a young lady. “What will you have if you go back?” asked Drouet. There was no subtle undercurrent to the question. He imagined that she would have nothing at all of the things he thought worth while. Carrie sat still, looking out. She was wondering what she could do. They would be expecting her to go home this week. Drouet turned to the subject of the clothes she was going to buy. “Why not get yourself a nice little jacket? You’ve got to have it. I’ll loan you the money. You needn’t worry about taking it. You can get yourself a nice room by yourself. I won’t hurt you.” Carrie saw the drift, but could not express her thoughts. She felt more than ever the helplessness of her case. “If I could only get something to do,” she said. “Maybe you can,” went on Drouet, “if you stay here. You can’t if you go away. They won’t let you stay out there. Now, why not let me get you a nice room? I won’t bother you – you needn’t be afraid. Then, when you get fixed up, maybe you could get something.” He looked at her pretty face and vivified his mental resources. She was a sweet little mortal to him – there was no doubt of that. She seemed to have some power back of her actions. She was not like the common run of store-girls. She wasn’t silly. In reality, Carrie had more imagination than he – more taste. It was a finer mental strain in her that made possible her depression and loneliness. Her poor clothes were neat, and she held her head unconsciously in a dainty way. “Do you think I could get something?” she asked. “Sure,” he said, reaching over and filling her cup with tea. “I’ll help you.” She looked at him, and he laughed reassuringly. “Now I’ll tell you what we’ll do. We’ll go over here to Partridge’s and you pick out what you want. Then we’ll look around for a room for you. You can leave the things there. Then we’ll go to the show to-night.” Carrie shook her head. “Well, you can go out to the flat then, that’s all right You don’t need to stay in the room. Just take it and leave your things there.” She hung in doubt about this until the dinner was over. “Let’s go over and look at the jackets,” he said. Together they went. In the store they found that shine and rustle of new things which immediately laid hold of Carrie’s heart. Under the influence of a good dinner and Drouet’s radiating presence, the scheme proposed seemed feasible. She looked about and picked a jacket like the one which she had admired at The Fair. When she got it in her hand it seemed so much nicer. The saleswoman helped her on with it, and, by accident it fitted perfectly. Drouet’s face lightened as he saw the improvement. She looked quite smart. “That’s the thing,” he said. Carrie turned before the glass. She could not help feeling pleased as she looked at herself. A warm glow crept into her cheeks. “That’s the thing,” said Drouet. “Now pay for it.” “It’s nine dollar,” said Carrie. “That’s all right – take it,” said Drouet. She reached in her purse and took out one of the bills. The woman asked if she would wear the coat and went off. In a few minutes she was back and the purchase was closed. From Partridge’s they went to a shoe store, where Carrie was fitted for shoes. Drouet stood by, and when he saw how nice they looked, said, “Wear them.” Carrie shook her head, however. She was thinking of running to the flat. He brought her a purse for one thing, and a pair of gloves for another, and let her buy the stockings. “To-morrow,” he said, “you come down here and buy yourself a skirt.” In all of Carrie’s actions there was a touch of misgiving. The deeper she sank into the entanglement, the more she imagined that the thing hung upon the few remaining things she had not done. Since she had not done these, there was a way out. Drouet knew a place in Wabash Avenue where there were rooms. He showed Carrie the outside of these, and said: “Now, you’re my sister.” He carried the arrangement off with an easy hand when it came to the selection, looking around, criticizing, opining. “Her trunk will be here in a day or so”, he observed to the landlady, who was very pleased. When they went alone, Drouet did not change in the least. He talked in the same general way as if they were out in the street. Carrie left her things. “Now,” said Drouet, “why don’t you move to-night?” “Oh, I can’t,” said Carrie. “Why not?” “I don’t want to leave them so.” He took that up as they walked along the avenue. It was a warm afternoon. The sun had come out and the wind had died down. As he talked with Carrie, he secured an accurate detail of the atmosphere of the flat. “Come out of it,” he said, “they won’t care. I’ll help you get along.” She listened until her misgiving vanished. He would show her about a little and then help her get something. He really imagined that he would. He would be out on the road and she could be working.[31 - He would be out on the road and she could be working. – Он бы отправился в деловую поездку, а она могла бы поработать.]“Now, I’ll tell you what you do,” he said, “you go out there and get whatever you want and come away.” She thought a long time about this. Finally she agreed. He would come out as far as Peoria Street and wait for her. She was to meet him at half-past eight. At half-past five she reached home, and at six her determination was hardened. “So you didn’t get it?” said Minnie, referring to Carrie’s story of the Boston Store. Carrie looked at her out of the corner of her eye. “No,” she answered. “I don’t think you’d better try any more this fall,” said Minnie. Carrie said nothing. When Hanson came home he wore the same inscrutable demeanour. He washed in silence and went off to read his paper. At dinner Carrie felt a little nervous. The strain of her own plans was considerable, and the feeling that she was not welcome here was strong. “Didn’t find anything, eh?” said Hanson. “No.” He turned to his eating again, the thought that it was a burden to have her here dwelling in his mind. She would have to go home, that was all. Once she was away, there would be no more coming back in the spring. Carrie was afraid of what she was going to do, but she was relieved to know that this condition was ending. They would not care. Hanson particularly would be glad when she went. He would not care what became of her. After dinner she went into the bathroom, where they could not disturb her, and wrote a little note. “Good-bye, Minnie,” it read. “I’m not going home. I’m going to stay in Chicago a little while and look for work. Don’t worry. I’ll be all right.” In the front room Hanson was reading his paper. As usual, she helped Minnie clear away the dishes and straighten up. Then she said: “I guess I’ll stand down at the door a little while.” She could scarcely prevent her voice from trembling. Minnie remembered Hanson’s remonstrance. “Sven doesn’t think it looks good to stand down there,” she said. “Doesn’t he?” said Carrie. “I won’t do it any more after this.” She put on her hat and fidgeted around the table in the little bedroom, wondering where to slip the note. Finally she put it under Minnie’s hair-brush. When she had closed the hall-door, she paused a moment and wondered what they would think. Some thought of the queerness of her deed affected her. She went slowly down the stairs. She looked back up the lighted step, and then affected to stroll up the street. When she reached the corner she quickened her pace. As she was hurrying away, Hanson came back to his wife. “Is Carrie down at the door again?” he asked. “Yes”, said Minnie; “she said she wasn’t going to do it any more.” He went over to the baby where it was playing on the floor and began to poke his finger at it. Drouet was on the corner waiting, in good spirits. “Hello, Carrie,” he said, as a sprightly figure of a girl drew near him. “Got here safe, did you? Well, we’ll take a car.” Chapter VIII Intimations by Winter: An Ambassador Summoned When Minnie found the note next morning, after a night of mingled wonder and anxiety, which was not exactly touched by yearning, sorrow, or love, she exclaimed: “Well, what do you think of that?” “What?” said Hanson. “Sister Carrie has gone to live somewhere else.” Hanson jumped out of bed with more celerity than he usually displayed and looked at the note. The only indication of his thoughts came in the form of a little clicking sound made by his tongue; the sound some people make when they wish to urge on a horse. “Where do you suppose she’s gone to?” said Minnie thoroughly aroused. “I don’t know,” a touch of cynicism lighting his eye. “Now she has gone and done it.” Minnie moved her head in a puzzled way. “Oh, oh,” she said, “she doesn’t know what she has done.” “Well,” said Hanson after a while, sticking his hands out before him, “what can you do?” Minnie’s womanly nature was higher than this. She figured the possibilities in such cases. “Oh,” she said at least, “poor Sister Carrie!” At the time of this particular conversation, which occurred at 5 a.m., that little soldier of fortune was sleeping in rather troubled sleep in her new room, alone. Carrie’s new state was remarkable in that she saw possibilities in it. She was no sensualist, longing to drowse sleepily in the lap of luxury. She turned about, troubled by her daring, glad of her release, wondering whether she would get something to do, wondering what Drouet would do. That worthy had his future fixed for him beyond a peradventure. He could not help what he was going to do. He could not see clearly enough to wish to do differently. He was drawn by his innate desire to act the old pursuing part. He would need to delight himself with Carrie as surely as he would need to eat his heavy breakfast. He might suffer the least rudimentary twinge of conscience in whatever he did, and in just so far he was evil and sinning. But whatever twinges of conscience he might have would be rudimentary, you may be sure. The next day he called upon Carrie, and she saw him in her chamber. He was the same jolly, enlivening soul. “Aw,” he said, “what are you looking so blue about[32 - … what are you looking so blue about? – … о чем грустим?]? Come on out to breakfast. You want to get your other clothes to-day.” Carrie looked at him with the hue of shifting thought in her large eyes. “I wish I could get something to do,” she said. “You’ll get that all right,” said Drouet. “What’s the use worrying right now? Get yourself fixed up. See the city. I won’t hurt you.” “I know you won’t,” she remarked, half truthfully. “Got on the new shoes, haven’t you? Stick’em out. George, they look fine. Put on your jacket.” Carrie obeyed. “Say, that fits like a T[33 - Say, that fits like a T (tee)… – Вот это да! Подходит тютелька в тютельку…], don’t it?” he remarked, feeling the set of it at the waist and eyeing it from a few paces with real pleasure. “What you need now is a new skirt. Let’s go to breakfast.” Carrie put on her hat. “Where are the gloves?” he inquired. “Here,” she said, taking them out of the bureau drawer. “Now, come on,” he said. Thus the first hour of misgiving was swept away. It went this way on every occasion. Drouet did not leave her much alone. She had time for some lone wanderings, but mostly he filled her hours with sight-seeing. At Carson, Pirie’s he bought her a nice skirt and shirt waist. With his money she purchased the little necessaries of toilet, until at last she looked quite another maiden. The mirror convinced her of a few things which she had long believed. She was pretty, yes, indeed! How nice her hat set, and weren’t her eyes pretty. She caught her little red lip with her teeth and felt her first thrill of power. Drouet was so good. They went to see “The Mikado” one evening, an opera which was hilariously popular at that time. Before going, they made off for the Windsor dinning-room, which was in Dearborn Street, a considerable distance from Carrie’s room. It was blowing up cold, and out of her window Carrie could see the western sky, still pink with the fading light, but steely blue at the top where it met the darkness. A long, thin cloud of pink hung in midair, shaped like some island in a far-off sea. Somehow the swaying of some dead branches of trees across the way brought back the picture with which she was familiar when she looked from their front window in December days at home. She paused and wrung her little hands. “What’s the matter?” said Drouet. “Oh, I don’t know,” she said, her lip trembling. He sensed something, and slipped his arm over her shoulder, patting her arm. “Come on,” he said gently, “you’re all right.” She turned to slip on her jacket. “Better wear that boa about your throat to-night.” They walked north on Wabash to Adams Street and then west. They dined and went to the theatre. That spectacle pleased Carrie immensely. The color and grace of it caught her eye. She had vain imaginings about place and power, about far-off lands and magnificent people. When it was over, the clatter of coaches and the throng of fine ladies made her stare. “Wait a minute,” said Drouet, holding her back in the showy foyer where ladies and gentlemen were moving in a social crush, skirts rustling, lace-covered heads nodding, white teeth showing through parted lips. “Let’s see.” “Sixty-seven,” the coach-caller was saying, his voice lifted in a sort of euphonious cry. “Sixty-seven.” “Isn’t it fine?” said Carrie. “Great,” said Drouet. He was as much affected by this show of finery and gayety as she. He pressed her arm warmly. Once she looked up, her even teeth glistening through her smiling lips, her eyes alight. As they were moving out he whispered down to her, “You look lovely!” They were right where the coach-caller was swinging open a coach-door and ushering in two ladies. “You stick to me and we’ll have a coach[34 - You stick to me and we’ll have a coach. – Держитесь за меня и у нас будет свой экипаж],” laughed Drouet. Carrie scarcely heard, her head was so full of the swirl of life. They stopped in at a restaurant for a little after-theater lunch. Now the lunch went off with considerable warmth. Under the influence of the varied occurrences, the fine, invisible passion which was emanating from Drouet, the food, the still unusual luxury, she relaxed and heard with open ears. She was again the victim of the city’s hypnotic influence. “Well,” said Drouet at last, “we had better be going.” They had been dawdling over the dishes[35 - They had been dawdling over the dishes. – Они уже давно сидели над пустыми тарелками.], and their eyes had frequently met. Carrie could not help but feel the vibration of force which followed, which, indeed, was his gaze. He had a way of touching her hand in explanation, as if to impress a fact upon her. He touched it now as he spoke of going. They arose and went out into the street. The down-town section was now bare, save for a few whistling strollers, a few owl cars, a few open resorts whose windows were still bright. Out Wabash Avenue they strolled, Drouet still pouring forth his volume of small information. He had Carrie’s arm in his, and held it closely as he explained. Once in a while, after some witticism, he would look down, and his eyes would meet hers. At last they came to the steps, and Carrie stood up on the first one, her head now coming even with his own. He took her hand and held it genially. He looked steadily at her as she glanced about, warmly musing. A week or so later Drouet strolled into Fitzgerald and Moy’s, spruce in dress and manner. “Hello, Charley,” said Hurstwood, looking out from his office door. Drouet strolled over and looked in upon the manger at his desk. “When do you go out on the road again?” he inquired. “Pretty soon,” said Drouet. “Haven’t seen much of you this trip,” said Hurstwood. “Well, I’ve been busy,” said Drouet. They talked some few minutes on general topics. “Say,” said Drouet, as if struck by a sudden idea, “I want you to come out some evening.” “Out where?” inquired Hurstwood. “Out to my house, of course,” said Drouet smiling. Hurstwood looked up quizzically, the least suggestion of a smile hovering about his lips. He studied the face of Drouet in his wise way, and then with the demeanour of a gentlemen, said: “Certainly; glad to.” “We’ll have a nice game of euchre[36 - game of euchre – юкер (род карточной игры)].” “May I bring a nice little bottle of Sec[37 - Sec – (фр.) сухой (о вине)]?” asked Hurstwood. “Certainly,” said Drouet. “I’ll introduce you.” Chapter IX Convention’S Own Tinder-Box: The Eye that is Green Hurstwood’s residence on the North Side, near Lincoln Park, was a brick building of a very popular type then, a three-story affair with the first floor sunk a very little below the level of the street. It had a large bay window bulging out from the second floor, and was graced in front by a small grassy plot, twenty-five feet wide and ten feet deep. There was also a small rear yard, walled in by the fences of the neighbours and holding a stable where he kept his horse and trap. The ten rooms of the house were occupied by himself, his wife Julia, and his son and daughter, George, Jr., and Jessica. There were besides these a maid-servant, represented from time to time by girls of various extraction, for Mrs. Hurstwood was not always easy to please. “George, I let Mary go yesterday,” was not an unfrequent salutation at the dinner table. “All right,” was his only reply. He had long since wearied of discussing the rancorous subject. There was a time when he had been considerably enamoured of his Jessica, especially when he was younger and more confined in his success. Now, however, in her seventeenth year, Jessica had developed a certain amount of reserve and independence which was not inviting to the richest form of parental devotion. She was in the high school, and had notions of life which were decidedly those of a patrician. She liked nice clothes and urged for them constantly. Thoughts of love and elegant individual establishments were running in her head. She met girls at the high school whose parents were truly rich and whose fathers had standing locally as partners or owners of solid businesses. These girls gave themselves the airs befitting the thriving domestic establishments from whence they issued. They were the only ones of the school about whom Jessica concerned herself. Young Hurstwood, Jr., was in his twentieth year, and was already connected in a promising capacity with a large real estate firm. He contributed nothing for the domestic expenses of the family, but was thought to be saving his money to invest in real estate. He had some ability, considerable vanity, and a love of pleasure that had not, as yet, infringed upon his duties, whatever they were. He came in and went out, pursuing his own plans and fancies, addressing a few words to his mother occasionally, relating some little incident to his father, but for the most part confining himself to those generalities with which most conversation concerns itself. He was not laying bare his desires for any one to see. He did not find any one in the house who particularly cared to see. Mrs. Hurstwood was the type of woman who has ever endeavoured to shine and has been more or less chagrined at the evidences of superior capability in this direction elsewhere. The atmosphere which such personalities would create must be apparent to all. It worked out in a thousand little conversations, all of which were of the same calibre. “I’m going up to Fox Lake to-morrow,” announced George, Jr., at the dinner table one Friday evening. “What’s going on up there?” queried Mrs. Hurstwood. “Eddie Fahrway’s got a new steam launch[38 - steam launch – паровая яхта], and he wants me to come up and see how it works.” “How much did it cost him?” asked his mother. “Oh, over two thousand dollars. He says it’s a dandy[39 - He says it's a dandy. – Он говорил, что она превосходна.].” “Old Fahrway must be making money,” put in Hurstwood. “He is, I guess. Jack told me they were shipping Vegacura to Australia now – said they sent a whole box to Cape Town last week.” “Just think of that!” said Mrs. Hurstwood, “and only four years ago they had that basement in Madison Street.” “Jack told me they were going to put up a six-story building next spring in Robey Street.” “Just think of that!” said Jessica. On this particular occasion Hurstwood wished to leave early. “I guess I’ll be going down town,” he remarked, rising. “Are we going to McVicker’s Monday?” questioned Mrs. Hurstwood, without rising. “Yes,” he said indifferently. They went on dining, while he went upstairs for his hat and coat. Presently the door clicked. “I guess papa’s gone,” said Jessica. The latter’s school news was of a particular stripe. “They’re going to give a performance in the Lyceum, upstairs,” she reported one day, “and I’m going to be in it.” “Are you?” said her mother. “Yes, and I’ll have to have a new dress. Some of the nicest girls in the school are going to be in it. Miss Palmer is going to take the part of Portia.” “Is she?” said Mrs. Hurstwood. “They’ve got that Martha Griswold in it again. She thinks she can act.” “Her family doesn’t amount to anything, does it?” said Mrs. Hurstwood sympathetically. “They haven’t anything, have they?” “No,” returned Jessica, “they’re poor as church mice.” She distinguished very carefully between the young boys of the school, many of whom were attracted by her beauty. “What do you think?” she remarked to her mother one evening; “that Herbert Crane tried to make friends with me.” “Who is he, my dear?” inquired Mrs. Hurstwood. “Oh, no one,” said Jessica, pursing her pretty lips. “He’s just a student there. He hasn’t anything.” The other half of this picture came when young Blyford, son of Blyford, the soap manufacturer, walked home with her. Mrs. Hurstwood was on the third floor, sitting in a rocking-chair reading, and happened to look out at the time. “Who was that with you, Jessica?” she inquired, as Jessica came upstairs. “It’s Mr. Blyford, mamma,” she replied. “Is it?” said Mrs. Hurstwood. “Yes, and he wants me to stroll over into the park with him,” explained Jessica, a little flushed with running up the stairs. “All right, my dear,” said Mrs. Hurstwood. “Don’t be gone long.” As the two went down the street, she glanced interestedly out of the window. It was a most satisfactory spectacle indeed, most satisfactory. In this atmosphere Hurstwood had moved for a number of years, not thinking deeply concerning it. During the last year or two the expenses of the family seemed a large thing. Jessica wanted fine clothes, and Mrs. Hurstwood, not to be outshone by her daughter, also frequently enlivened her apparel. Hurstwood had said nothing in the past, but one day he murmured. “Jessica must have a new dress this month,” said Mrs. Hurstwood one morning. Hurstwood was arraying himself in one of his perfection vests before the glass at the time. “I thought she just bought one,” he said. “That was just something for evening wear,” returned his wife complacently. “It seems to me,” returned Hurstwood, “that she’s spending a good deal for dresses of late.” “Well, she’s going out more,” concluded his wife, but the tone of his voice impressed her as containing something she had not heard there before. He was not a man who traveled much, but when he did, he had been accustomed to take her along. On one occasion recently a local aldermanic junket[40 - a local aldermanic junket – развлекательная поездка членов местного муниципалитета] had been arranged to visit Philadelphia – a junket that was to last ten days. Hurstwood had been invited. “Nobody knows us down there,” said one, a gentleman whose face was a slight improvement over gross ignorance and sensuality. He always wore a silk hat of most imposing proportions. “We can have a good time.” His left eye moved with just the semblance of a wink. “You want to come along, George.” The next day Hurstwood announced his intention to his wife. “I’m going away, Julia,” he said, “for a few days.” “Where?” she asked, looking up. “To Philadelphia, on business.” She looked at him consciously, expecting something else. “I’ll have to leave you behind this time.” “All right,” she replied, but he could see that she was thinking that it was a curious thing. Before he went she asked him a few more questions, and that irritated him. He began to feel that she was a disagreeable attachment. On this trip he enjoyed himself thoroughly, and when it was over he was sorry to get back. He was not willingly a prevaricator, and hated thoroughly to make explanations concerning it. The whole incident was glossed over with general remarks, but Mrs. Hurstwood gave the subject considerable thought. She drove out more, dressed better, and attended theatres freely to make up for it. Such an atmosphere could hardly come under the category of home life. It ran along by force of habit, by force of conventional opinion. With the lapse of time it must necessarily become dryer and dryer – must eventually be tinder, easily lighted and destroyed. Chapter X The Counsel of Winter: Fortune’s Ambassador Calls In the light of the world’s attitude toward woman and her duties, the nature of Carrie’s mental state deserves consideration. Actions such as hers are measured by an arbitrary scale. Society possesses a conventional standard whereby it judges all things. All men should be good, all women virtuous. Wherefore, villain, hast thou failed?[41 - Wherefore, villain, hast thou failed? – А потому, о преступница, как смела ты перешагнуть за пределы дозволенного?] In the view of a certain stratum of society, Carrie was comfortably established – in eyes of the starveling, beaten by every wind and gusty sheet of rain, she was safe in a halcyon harbor. Drouet had taken three rooms, furnished, in Ogden Place, facing Union Park, on the West Side. That was a little, green-carpeted breathing spot than which, to-day, there is nothing more beautiful in Chicago.[42 - That was a little, green-carpeted breathing spot than which, today, there is nothing more beautiful in Chicago. – И тогда уже эта площадь, красивее которой нет сейчас в Чикаго, представляла собой сплошной зеленый газон.] It afforded a vista pleasant to contemplate. The best room looked out upon the lawn of the park, now sear and brown, where a little lake lay sheltered. Over the bare limbs of the trees, which now swayed in the wintry wind, rose the steeple of the Union park Congregational Church, and far off the towers of several others. The rooms were comfortably enough furnished. There was good Brussels carpet on the floor, rich in dull red and lemon shades, and representing large jardinières[43 - jardiniиres – (фр.) жардиньерка] filled with gorgeous, impossible flowers. There was a large pier-glass mirror[44 - pier-glass mirror – трюмо] between the two windows. A large, soft, green, plush-covered couch occupied one corner, and several rocking-chairs were set about. Some pictures, several rugs, a few small pieces of bric-а-brac, and the tale of contents is told. In the bedroom, off the front room, was Carrie’s trunk, bought by Drouet, and in the wardrobe built into the wall quite an array of clothing – more than she had ever possessed before, and of very becoming designs. There was a third room for possible use as a kitchen, where Drouet had Carrie establish a little portable gas stove for the preparation of small lunches, oysters, Welsh rarebits[45 - Welsh rarebits – гренки по-валлийски (с сыром)], and the like, of which he was exceedingly fond; and, lastly a bath. The whole place was cozy, in that it was lighted by gas and heated by furnace registers, possessing also a small grate, set with an asbestos back, a method of cheerful warming which was then first coming into use. By her industry and natural love of order, which now developed, the place maintained an air pleasing in the extreme. Here, then, was Carrie, established in a pleasant fashion, free of certain difficulties which most ominously confronted her, laden with many new ones which were of a mental order, and altogether so turned about in all of her earthly relationships that she might well have been a new and different individual. She looked into her glass and saw a prettier Carrie than she had seen before; she looked into her mind, a mirror prepared of her own and the world’s opinions, and saw a worse. Between these two images she wavered, hesitating which to believe. “My, but you’re a little beauty,” Drouet was wont to exclaim to her. She would look at him with large, pleased eyes. “You know it, don’t you?” he would continue. “Oh, I don’t know,” she would reply, feeling delight in the fact that one should think so, hesitating to believe, though she really did, that she was vain enough to think so much of herself. Her conscience, however, was not a Drouet, interested to praise. There she heard a different voice, with which she argued, pleaded, excused. It was no just and sapient counselor, in its last analysis. It was only an average little conscience, habit, convention, in a confused way. With it, the voice of the people was truly the voice of God. “Oh, thou failure!” said the voice. “Why?” she questioned. “Look at those about,” came the whispered answer. “Look at those who are good. How would they scorn to do what you have done. Look at the good girls; how will they draw away from such as you when they know you have been weak. You had not tried before you failed.” It was when Carrie was alone, looking out across the park, that she would be listening to this. It would come infrequently – when something else did not interfere when the pleasant side was not too apparent, when Drouet was not there. It was somewhat clear in utterance at first, but never wholly convincing. There was always an answer, always the December days threatened. She was alone; she was desireful; she was fearful of the whistling wind. The voice of want made answer for her. Such mental conflict was not always uppermost. Carrie was not by any means a gloomy soul. More, she had not the mind to get firm hold upon a definite truth. When she could not find her way out of the labyrinth of ill-logic which thought upon the subject created, she would turn away entirely. Drouet, all the time, was conducting himself in a model way for one of his sort. He took her about a great deal, spent money upon her, and when he traveled took her with him. There were times when she would be alone for two or three days, while he made the shorter circuits of his business, but, as a rule, she saw a great deal of him. “Say. Carrie,” he said one morning, shortly after they had so established themselves, “I’ve invited my friend Hurstwood to come out some day and spend the evening with us.” “Who is he?” asked Carrie, doubtfully. “Oh, he’s a nice man. He’s manager of Fitzgerald and Moy’s.” “What that?” said Carrie. “The finest resort in town. It’s a way-up, smell place.”[46 - The finest resort in town. It’s a way-up, smell place. – Один из самых излюбленных баров в городе. Шикарное место.] Carrie puzzled a moment. She was wondering what Drouet had told him, what her attitude would be. “That’s all right,” said Drouet, feeling her thought. “He doesn’t know anything. You’re Mrs. Drouet now.” There was something about this which struck Carrie as slightly inconsiderate. She could see that Drouet did not have the keenest sensibilities. “Why don’t we got married?” she inquired, thinking of the voluble promise he had made. “Well, we will,” he said, “just as soon as I get this little deal of mine closed up.” He was referring to some property which he said he had, and which required so much attention, adjustment, and what not, that somehow or other it interfered with his free moral, personal actions. “Just as soon as I get back from my Denver trip in January we’ll do it.” Carrie accepted this as basis for hope – it was a sort of salve to her conscience, a pleasant way out. Under the circumstances, things would be righted. Her actions would be justified. She really was not enamored of Drouet. She was more clever than he. In a dim way, she was beginning to see where he lacked. If it had not been for this, if she had not been able to measure and judge him a way, she would have been utterly wretched in her fear of not gaining his affection, of losing his interest, of being swept away and left without an anchorage. As it was, she wavered a little, slightly anxious, at first, to gain him completely, but later feelings at ease in waiting. She was not exactly sure what she thought of him – what she wanted to do. When Hurstwood called, she met a man who was more clever than Drouet in a hundred ways. He paid that peculiar deference to women which every member of the sex appreciates. He was not overawed, he was not overbold. His great charm was attentiveness. Schooled in winning those birds of fine feather among his own sex, the merchants and professionals who visited his resort, he could use even greater tact when endeavouring to prove agreeable to some one who charmed him. In a pretty woman of any refinement of feeling whatsoever he found his greatest incentive. His was mild, placid, assured, giving the impression that he wished to be of service only – to do something which would make the lady more pleased. Drouet had ability in this line himself when the game was worth the candle, but he was too much the egotist to reach the polish which Hurstwood possessed. He was too buoyant, too full of ruddy life, too assured. He succeeded with many who were not quite schooled in the art of love. He failed dismally where the woman was slightly experienced and possessed innate refinement. In the case of Carrie he found a woman who was all of the latter, but none of the former. He was lucky in the fact that opportunity tumbled into his lap[47 - He was lucky in the fact that opportunity tumbled into his lap – Ему повезло, что удача сама свалилась ему в руки], as it were. A few years later, with a little more experience, the slightest tide of success, and he had not been able to approach Carrie at all. “You ought to have a piano here, Drouet,” said Hurstwood, smiling at Carrie, on the evening in question, “so that your wife could play.” Drouet had not though of that. “So we ought,” he observed readily. “Oh, I don’t play,” ventured Carrie. “It’s isn’t very difficult,” returned Hurstwood. “You could do very well in a few weeks.” He was in the best form for entertaining this evening. “Suppose we have a little game of euchre?” suggested Hurstwood, after a light round of conversation. He was rather dexterous in avoiding everything that would suggest that he knew anything of Carrie’s past. He kept away from personalities altogether, and confined himself to these things which did not concern individuals at all. By his manner, he put Carrie at her ease, and by his deference and pleasantries he amused her. He pretended to be seriously interested in all she said. “I don’t know how to play,” said Carrie. “Charlie, you are neglecting a part of your duty,” he observed to Drouet most affably. “Between us, though,” he went on, “we can show you.” By his tact he made Drouet feel that he admired his choice. There was something in his manner that showed that he was pleased to be there. Drouet felt really closer to him than ever before. It gave him more respect for Carrie. Her appearance came into a new light, under Hurstwood’s appreciation. The situation livened considerably. “Now, let me see,” said Hurstwood, looking over Carrie’s shoulder very deferentially. “What have you?” He studied for a moment. “That’s rather good,” he said. “You’re lucky. Now, I’ll show you how to trounce your husband. You take my advice.” “Here,” said Drouet, “if you two are going to scheme together, I won’t stand a ghost of a show.[48 - I won’t stand a ghost of a show – у меня нет шансов выстоять] Hurstwood’s a regular sharp[49 - sharp – знаток, мастак].” “No, it’s your wife. She brings me luck. Why shouldn’t she win?” Carrie looked gratefully at Hurstwood, and smiled at Drouet. The former took the air of a mere friend. He was simply there to enjoy himself. Anything that Carrie did was pleasing to him, nothing more. “There,” he said, holding back one of his own good cards, and giving Carrie a chance to take a trick. “I count that clever playing for a beginner.” The latter laughed gleefully as she saw the hand coming her way. It was as if she were invincible when Hurstwood helped her. He did not look at her often. When he did, it was with a mild light in his eye. Not a shade was there of anything save geniality and kindness. He took back the shifty, clever gleam, and replaced it with one of innocence. Carrie could not guess but there it was pleasure with him in the immediate thing. She felt that he considered she was doing a great deal. “It’s unfair to let such playing go without earning something,” he said after a time, slipping his finger into the little coin pocket of his coat. “Let’s play for dimes[50 - dimes – американская монета в 10 центов].” “All right,” said Drouet, fishing for bills. Hurstwood was quicker. His finger were full of new ten-cent pieces. “Here we are,” he said, supplying each one with a little stack. “Oh, this gambling,” smiled Carrie. “It’s bad.” “No,” said Drouet, “only fun. If you never play for more than that, you will go to Heaven.” “Don’t you moralize,” said Hurstwood to Carrie gently, “until you see what becomes of the money.” Drouet smiled. “If your husband gets them, he’ll tell you how bad it is.” Drouet laughed loud. There was such an ingratiating tone about Hurstwood’s voice, the insinuation was so perceptible that even Carrie got the humor of it. “When do you leave?” said Hurstwood to Drouet. “On Wednesday,” he replied. “It’s rather hard to have your husband running about like that, isn’t it?” said Hurstwood, addressing Carrie. “She’s going along with me this time,” said Drouet. “You must both go with me to the theater before you go.” “Certainly,” said Drouet. “Eh, Carrie?” “I’d like it ever so much,” she replied. Hurstwood did his best to see that Carrie won the money. He rejoined in her success, kept counting her winnings, and finally gathered and put them in her extended hand. They spread a little lunch, at which he served the wine, and afterwards he used fine tact in going. “Now,” he said, addressing first Carrie and then Drouet with his eyes, “you must be ready at 7:30. I’ll come and get you.” They went with him to the door and there was his cab waiting, its red lamps gleaming cheerfully in the shadow. “Now,” he observed to Drouet, with a tone of good fellowship, “when you leave your wife alone, you must let me show her around a little. It will break up her loneliness.” “Sure,” said Drouet, quite pleased at the attention shown. “You’re so kind,” observed Carrie. “Not at all,” said Hurstwood, “I would want you husband to do as much for me.” He smiled and went lightly away. Carrie was thoroughly impressed. She had never come in contact with such grace. As for Drouet, he was equally pleased. “There’s a nice man,” he remarked to Carrie, as they returned to their cozy chamber. “A good friend of mine, too.” “He seems to be,” said Carrie. Chapter XI The Persuasion of Fashion: Feeling Guards o’er its Own Carrie was an apt student of fortune’s ways – of for time’s superficialities. Seeing a thing, she would immediately set to inquiring how she would look, properly related to it. “My dear,” said the lace collar she secured from Partridge’s, “I fit you beautifully; don’t give me up.” “Ah, such little feet,” said the leather of the soft new shoes; “how effectively I cover them. What a pity they should ever want my aid.” Once these things were in her hand, on her person, she might dream of giving them up; the method by which they came might intrude itself so forcibly that she would ache to be rid of the thought of it, but she would not give them up. “Put on the old clothes – that torn pair of shoes,” was called to her by her conscience in vain. She could possibly have conquered the fear of hunger and gone back; the thought of hard work and a narrow round of suffering would, under the last pressure of conscience have yielded, but spoil her appearance? – be old-clothed and poor-appearing? – never! Drouet heightened her opinion on this and allied subjects in such a manner as to weaken her power of resisting their influence. “Did you see that women who went by just now?” he said to Carrie on the first day they took a walk together. “Fine stepper, wasn’t she?”[51 - Fine stepper, wasn’t she? – Прекрасная походка, не правда ли?] Carrie looked, and observed the grace commended. “Yes, she is” she returned, cheerfully, a little suggestion of possible defect in herself awakening in her mind. If that was so fine, she must look at it more closely. Instinctively, she felt a desire to imitate it. Surely she could do that too. Carrie took the instructions affably. She saw what Drouet liked; in vague way she saw where he was weak. It lessens a woman’s opinion of a man when she learns that his admiration is so pointedly and generously distributed. She sees but one object of supreme compliment in this world, and that is herself. If a man is to succeed with many women, he must be all in all to each[52 - he must be all in all to each – он должен целиком отдавать себя каждой]. In her own apartments Carrie saw things that were lessons in the same school. In the same house with her lived an official of one of the theatres, Mr. Frank A. Hale, manager of the Standard, and his wife, a pleasing-looking brunette of thirty-five. They were people of a sort very common in America today, who live respectably from hand to mouth. His wife, quite attractive, affected the feeling of youth, and objected to that sort of home life which means the care of a house and the raising of a family. Like Drouet and Carrie, they also occupied three rooms on the floor above. Not long after she arrived Mrs. Hale established social relations with her, and together they went about. For a long time this was her only companionship, and the gossip of the manager’s wife formed the medium, through which she saw the world. Such trivialities, such praises of wealth, such conventional expression of morals as sifted through this passive creature’s mind, fell upon Carrie and for the while confused her. On the other hand, her own feelings were a corrective influence. Their constant drag to something better was not to be denied. By those things which address the heart was she steadily recalled. In the apartments across the hall were a young girl and her mother. They were from Evansville, Indiana, the wife and daughter of a railroad treasurer. The daughter was here to study music, the mother to keep her company. Carrie did not make their acquaintance, but she saw the daughter coming in and going out. A few times she had seen her at the piano in the parlor, and not infrequently had heard her play. This young woman was particularly dressy for her station, and wore a jeweled ring or two which flashed upon her white fingers as she played. Now Carrie was affected by music. Her nervous composition responded to certain strains, much as certain strings of a harp vibrate when a corresponding key of a piano is struck. She was delicately molded in sentiment and answered with vague ruminations to certain wistful chords. They awoke longings for those things which she did not have. They caused her cling closer to things she possessed. One shorts song the young lady played in a most soulful and tender mood. Carrie heard it through the open door from the parlor below. In was at that hour between afternoon and night when, for the idle, the wanderer, things are apt to take on a wistful aspect. The mind wanders forth on far journeys and returns with sheaves of withered and departed joys. Carrie sat at her window looking out. While she was in this mood Drouet came in, bringing with him an entirely different atmosphere. It was dusk and Carrie had neglected to light the lamp. The fire in the grate, too, had burned low. “Where are you, Cad?” he said, using a pet name he had given her. “Here,” she answered. There was something delicate and lonely in her voice, but he could not hear it. He had not the poetry in him that would seek a woman out under such circumstances and console her for the tragedy of life. Instead, he struck a match and lighted the gas. “Hello,” he exclaimed, “you’ve been crying.” Her eyes were still wet with a few vague tears. “Pshaw,” he said, “you don’t want to do that.” He took her hand, feeling in his good-natured egotism that it was probably lack of his presence which had made her lonely. “Come on, now,” he went on; “it’s all right. Let’s waltz a little to that music.” He could not have introduced a more incongruous proposition. It made clear to Carrie that he could not sympathize with her. She could not have framed thoughts which would have expressed his defect or make clear the difference between them, but she felt it. It was his first great mistake. What Drouet said about the girl’s grace, as she tripped out evening accompanied by her mother, caused Carrie to perceive the nature and value of those little moodish ways which women adopt when they would presume to be something. She looked in the mirror and pursed up her lips, accomplishing it with a little toss of the head, as she had seen the railroad treasurer’s daughter do. She caught up her skirts with an easy swing, for had not Drouet remarked that in her and several others, and Carrie was naturally imitative. She began to get the hang of those little things which the pretty woman who has vanity invariably adopts. In shorts, her knowledge of grace doubled, and with it her appearance changed. She became a girl of considerable taste. Drouet noticed this. He saw the new bow in her hair and the new way of arraying her locks which she affected one morning. “You look fine that way, Cad,” he said. “Do I?” she replied, sweetly. It made her try for other effects that selfsame day. She used her feet less heavily, a thing that was brought about by her attempting to imitate the treasurer’s daughter’s graceful carriage. How much influence the presence of that young women in the same house had upon her it would be difficult to say. But, because of all these things when Hurstwood called he had found a young woman who was much more than the Carrie to whom Drouet had first spoken. The primary defects of dress and manner had passed. She was pretty, graceful, rich in the timidity born of uncertainty, and with a something childlike in her large eyes which captured the fancy of this starched and conventional poser among men. It was the ancient attraction of the fresh for the stale.[53 - It was the ancient attraction of the fresh for the stale. – Вечное влечение увядающего к юному и свежему.] If there was a touch of appreciation left in him for the bloom and unsophistication which is the charm of youth, it rekindled now. He looked into her pretty face and felt the subtle waves of young life radiating therefrom. In that large clear eye he could see nothing that his blasé nature could understand as guile. The little vanity, if he could have perceived it there, would have touched him as a pleasant thing. “I wonder,” he said as he rode away in his cab, “how Drouet came to win her.” He gave her credit for feelings superior to Drouet at the first glance. The cab plopped along between the far-receding lines of gas lamps on either hand. He folded his gloved hands and saw only the lighted chamber and Carrie’s face. He was pondering over the delight of youthful beauty. “I’ll have a bouquet for her,” he though. “Drouet won’t mind.” He never for a moment concealed the fact of her attraction for himself. He troubled himself not at all about Drouet’s priority. He was merely floating those gossamer threads[54 - gossamer threads – легкие нити паутины] of thought which, like the spider’s he hoped would lay hold somewhere. He did not know, he could not guess, what the result would be. A few weeks later Drouet, in his peregrinations, encountered one of his well-dressed lady acquaintances in Chicago on his return from a short trip to Omaha. He had intended to hurry out to Ogden Place and surprise Carrie, but now he fell into an interesting conversation and soon modified his original intention. “Let’s go to dinner,” he said, little recking any chance meeting which might trouble his way. “Certainty,” said his companion. They visited one of the better restaurants for a social chat. It was five in the afternoon when they met; it was seven thirty before the last bone was picked. Drouet was just finishing a little incident he was relating, and his face was expanding into a smile, when Hurstwood’s eye caught his own. The latter had come in with several friends, and, seeing Drouet and some woman, not Carrie, drew his own conclusion. “Ah, the rascal,” he though, and then, with a touch of righteous sympathy, “that’s pretty hard on the little girl.” Drouet jumped from one easy thought to another as he caught Hurstwood’s eye. He felt but every little misgiving, until he saw that Hurstwood was cautiously pretending not to see. Then some of the latter’s impression forced itself upon him. He thought of Carrie and their last meeting. By George, he would have to explain this to Hurstwood. Such a chance half-hour with an old friend must not have anything more attached to it than it really warranted. For the first time he was troubled. Here was a moral Complication of which he could not possibly get the ends. Hurstwood would laugh at him for being a fickle boy. He would laugh with Hurstwood. Carrie would never hear, his present companion at table would never know, and yet he could not help feeling that he was getting the worst of it – there was some faint stigma attached, and hew was not guilty. He broke up the dinner by becoming dull, and saw his companion on her car. Then he went home. “He hasn’t talked to me about any of these later flames,” thought Hurstwood to himself. “He thinks I think he cares for the girl out there.” He ought not to think. “I’m knocking around, since I have just introduced him out there,” thought Drouet. “I saw you,” Hurstwood said, genially, the next time. Drouet drifted in to his polished resort, from which he could not stay away. He raised his forefinger indicatively, as parents do to children. “An old acquaintance of mine that I ran into just as I was coming up from the station,” explained Drouet. “She used to be quite a beauty.” “Still attracts a little, eh?” returned the other, affecting to jest. “Oh, no,” said Drouet, “just couldn’t escape her this time.” “How long are you here?” asked Hurstwood. “Only a few days.” “You must bring the girl down and take dinner with me,” he said. “I’m afraid you keep her cooped up out there.[55 - I’m afraid you keep her cooped up out there. – Мне кажется, вы держите ее взаперти.] I’ll get a box for Joe Jefferson.” “Not me[56 - Not me – Вот уж неправда],” answered the drummer. “Sure I’ll come.” This pleased Hurstwood immensely. He gave Drouet no credit for any feelings toward Carrie whatever. He envied him, and now, as he looked at the well-dressed salesman, whom he so much liked, the gleam of the rival glowed in his eye. He began to “size up” Drouet from the standpoints of wit and fascination. He began to look to see where he was weak. There was no disputing that, whatever he might think of him as a good fellow, he felt a certain amount of contempt for him as a lover. He could hoodwink him all right. Why, if he would just let Carrie see one such little incident as that of Thursday, it would settle the matter. He ran on it thought, almost exulting, the while he laughed and chatted, and Drouet felt nothing. He had no power of analyzing the glance and the atmosphere of a man like Hurstwood. He stood and smiled and accepted the invitation while his friend examined him with the eye of a hawk. The object of this peculiarly involved comedy was not thinking of either. She was busy adjusting her thoughts and feelings to newer conditions, and was not in danger of suffering disturbing pangs from either quarter. One evening Drouet found her dressing herself before the glass. “Cad,” said he, catching her, “I believe you’re getting vain.” “Nothing of the kind,” she returned, smiling. “Well, you’re mighty pretty,” he went on, slipping his arm around her. “Put on that navy-blue dress of yours and I’ll take you to the show.” “Oh, I’ve promised Mrs. Hale to go with her to the Exposition to-night,” she returned, apologetically. “You did, eh? He said, studying the situation abstractedly. “I wouldn’t care to go to that myself.” “Well, I don’t know,” answered Carrie, puzzling, but not offering to break her promise in his favour. Just then a knock came at their door and the maidservant handed a letter in. “He says there’s an answer expected,” she explained. “It’s from Hurstwood,” said Drouet, noting the superscription as he tore it open. “You are to come down and see Joe Jefferson with me tonight,” it ran in part. “It’s my turn, as we agreed the other day. All other bets are off.” “Well, what do you say to this?” asked Drouet, innocently, while Carrie’s mind bubbled with favorable replies. “You had better decide, Charlie,” she said, reservedly. “I guess we had better go, if you can break that engagement upstairs,” said Drouet. “Oh, I can,” returned Carrie without thinking. Drouet selected writing paper while Carrie went to change her dress. She hardly explained to herself why this latest invitation appealed to her most. “Shall I wear my hair as I did yesterday?” she asked, as she came out with several articles of apparel pending. “Sure,” he returned, pleasantly. She was relieved to see that he felt nothing. She did not credit her willingness to go to any fascination Hurstwood held for her. It seemed that the combination of Hurstwood, Drouet, and herself was more agreeable than anything else that had been suggested. She arrayed Herself most carefully and they started off, extending excuses upstairs. “I say,” said Hurstwood as they came up the theatre lobby, “we are exceedingly charming this evening.” Carrie fluttered under his approving glance. “Now, then,” he said, leading the way up the foyer into the theater. If ever there was dressiness it was here. It was the personification of the old term spick and span[57 - spick and span – с иголочки, нарядно, изящно]. “Did you ever see Jefferson?” he questioned, as he leaned toward Carrie in the box. “I never did,” she returned. “He’s delightful, delightful,” he went on, giving the commonplace rendition of approval which such men know. He sent Drouet after a program, and then discoursed to Carrie concerning Jefferson as he had heard of him. The former was pleased beyond expression, and was really hypnotized by the environment, the trappings of the box, the elegance of her companion. Several times their eyes accidentally met, and then there poured into hers such a flood of feeling as she had never before experienced. She could not for the moment explain it, for in the next glance or the next move of the hand there was seeming indifference, mingled only with the kindest attention. Drouet shared in the conversation, but he was almost dull in comparison. Hurstwood entertained them both, and now it was driven into Carrie’s mind that here was the superior man. She instinctively felt that he was stronger and higher, and yet withal so simple. By the end of the third act she was sure that Drouet was only a kindly soul, but otherwise defective. He sank every moment in her estimation by the strong comparison. “I have had such a nice time,” said Carrie, when it was all over and they were coming out. “Yes, indeed,” added Drouet, who was not in the least aware that a battle had been fought and his defenses weakened. He was like the Emperor of China, who sat glorying in himself, unaware that his fairest provinces were being wrested from him. “Well, you have saved me a dreary evening,” returned Hurstwood. “Good-night.” He took Carrie’s little hand, and a current of feeling swept from one to the other. “I’m so tried,” said Carrie, leaning back in the car when Drouet began to talk. “Well, you rest a little while I smoke,” he said, rising and then he foolishly went to the forward platform of the car and left the game as it stood. Chapter XII Of the Lamps of the Mansions: The Ambassador Plea Mrs. Hurstwood was not aware of any of her husband’s moral defections, though she might readily have suspected his tendencies, which she well understood. She was a woman upon whose action under provocation you could never count. Hurstwood, for one, had not the slightest idea of what she would do under certain circumstances. He had never seen her thoroughly aroused. In fact, she was not a woman who would fly into a passion. She had too little faith in mankind not to know that they were erring. She was too calculating to jeopardize any advantage she might gain in the way of information by fruitless clamor. Her wrath would never wreak itself in one fell blow. She would wait and brood, studying the details and adding to them until her power might be commensurate with her desire for revenge. At the same time, she would not delay to inflict any injury, big or little, which would wound the object of her revenge and still leave him uncertain as to the source of the evil. She was a cold, self-centered woman, with many a thought of her own which never found expression, not even by so much as the glint of an eye. Hurstwood felt some of this in her nature, though he did not actually perceive it. He dwelt with her in peace and some satisfaction. He did not fear her in the least – there was no cause for it. She still took a faint pride in him, which was augmented by her desire to have her social integrity maintained. She was secretly somewhat pleased by the fact that much of her husband’s property was in her name, a precaution which Hurstwood had taken when his home interests were somewhat more alluring than at present. His wife had not the slightest reason to feel that anything would ever go amiss with their household, and yet the shadows which run before gave her a thought of the good of it now and then. She was in a position to become refractory with considerable advantage, and Hurstwood conducted himself circumspectly because he felt that he could not be sure of anything once she became dissatisfied. It so happened that on the night when Hurstwood, Carrie, and Drouet were in the box at McVickar’s, George, Jr., was in the sixth row of the parquet[58 - parquet – (амер.) передние ряды партера] with the daughter of H. B. Carmichael, the third partner of a wholesale dry-goods house of that city. Hurstwood did not see his son, for he sat, as was his wont, as far back as possible, leaving himself just partially visible, when he bent forward, to those within the first six rows in question. It was his wont to sit this way in every theatre – to make his personality as inconspicuous as possible where it would be no advantage to him to have it otherwise. He never moved but what, if there was any danger of his conduct being misconstrued or ill-reported, he looked carefully about him and counted the cost of every inch of conspicuity[59 - he looked carefully about him and counted the cost of every inch of conspicuity – он внимательно следил, чтобы его присутствие не было замечено]. The next morning at breakfast his son said: “I saw you, Governor[60 - Governor – (разг.) отец], last night.” “Were you at McVickar’s?” said Hurstwood, with the best grace in the world. “Yes,” said young George. “Who with?” “Miss Carmichael.” Mrs. Hurstwood directed an inquiring glance at her husband, but could not judge from his appearance whether it was any more than a casual look into the theatre which was referred to. “How was the play?” she inquired. “Very good,” returned Hurstwood, “only it’s the same old thing, ’Rip Van Winkle.’” “Whom did you go with?” queried his wife, with assumed indifference. “Charlie Drouet and his wife. They are friends of Moy’s, visiting here.” Owing to the peculiar nature of his position, such a disclosure as this would ordinarily create no difficulty. His wife took it for granted that his situation called for certain social movements in which she might not be included. But of late he had pleaded office duty on several occasions when his wife asked for his company to any evening entertainment. He had done so in regard to the very evening in question only the morning before. “I thought you were going to be busy,” she remarked, very carefully. “So I was,” he exclaimed. “I couldn’t help the interruption, but I made up for it afterward by working until two.” This settled the discussion for the time being, but there was a residue of opinion which was not satisfactory. There was no time at which the claims of his wife could have been more unsatisfactorily pushed. For years he had been steadily modifying his matrimonial devotion, and found her company dull. Now that a new light shone upon the horizon, this older luminary paled in the west. He was satisfied to turn his face away entirely, and any call to look back was irksome. She, on the contrary, was not at all inclined to accept anything less than a complete fulfillment of the letter of their relationship, though the spirit might be wanting. “We are coming down town this afternoon,” she remarked, a few days later. “I want you to come over to Kinsley’s and meet Mr. Phillips and his wife. They’re stopping at the Tremont, and we’re going to show them around a little.” After the occurrence of Wednesday, he could not refuse, though the Phillips were about as uninteresting as vanity and ignorance could make them. He agreed, but it was with short grace. He was angry when he left the house. “I’ll put a stop to this,” he thought. “I’m not going to be bothered fooling around with visitors when I have work to do.” Not long after this Mrs. Hurstwood came with a similar proposition, only it was to a matinee this time. “My dear,” he returned, “I haven’t time. I’m too busy.” “You find time to go with other people, though,” she replied, with considerable irritation. “Nothing of the kind,” he answered. “I can’t avoid business relations, and that’s all there is to it.” “Well, never mind,” she exclaimed. Her lips tightened. The feeling of mutual antagonism was increased. On the other hand, his interest in Drouet’s little shop-girl grew in an almost evenly balanced proportion. That young lady, under the stress of her situation and the tutelage of her new friend, changed effectively. She had the aptitude of the struggler who seeks emancipation. The glow of a more showy life was not lost upon her. She did not grow in knowledge so much as she awakened in the matter of desire. Mrs. Hale’s extended harangues upon the subjects of wealth and position taught her to distinguish between degrees of wealth. Mrs. Hale loved to drive in the afternoon in the sun when it was fine, and to satisfy her soul with a sight of those mansions and lawns which she could not afford. On the North Side had been erected a number of elegant mansions along what is now known as the North Shore Drive. The present lake wall of stone and granite was not then in place, but the road had been well laid out, the intermediate spaces of lawn were lovely to look upon, and the houses were thoroughly new and imposing. When the winter season had passed and the first fine days of the early spring appeared, Mrs. Hale secured a buggy for an afternoon and invited Carrie. They rode first through Lincoln Park and on far out towards Evanston, turning back at four and arriving at the north end of the Shore Drive at about five o’clock. At this time of year the days are still comparatively short, and the shadows of the evening were beginning to settle down upon the great city. Lamps were beginning to burn with that mellow radiance which seems almost watery and translucent to the eye. There was a softness in the air which speaks with an infinite delicacy of feeling to the flesh as well as to the soul. Carrie felt that it was a lovely day. She was ripened by it in spirit for many suggestions. As they drove along the smooth pavement an occasional carriage passed. She saw one stop and the footman dismount, opening the door for a gentleman who seemed to be leisurely returning from some afternoon pleasure. Across the broad lawns, now first freshening into green, she saw lamps faintly glowing upon rich interiors. Now it was but a chair, now a table, now an ornate corner, which met her eye, but it appealed to her as almost nothing else could. Such childish fancies as she had had of fairy palaces and kingly quarters now came back. She imagined that across these richly carved entrance-ways, where the globed and crystalled lamps shone upon paneled doors set with stained and designed panes of glass, was neither care nor unsatisfied desire. She was perfectly certain that here was happiness. If she could but stroll up yon broad walk, cross that rich entrance-way, which to her was of the beauty of a jewel, and sweep in grace and luxury to possession and command – oh! how quickly would sadness flee; how, in an instant, would the heartache end. She gazed and gazed, wondering, delighting, longing, and all the while the siren voice of the unrestful was whispering in her ear. “If we could have such a home as that,” said Mrs. Hale sadly, “how delightful it would be.” “And yet they do say,” said Carrie, “that no one is ever happy.” She had heard so much of the canting philosophy of the grapeless fox[61 - canting philosophy of the grapeless fox – лицемерных рассуждений о лисе и зеленом винограде]. “I notice,” said Mrs. Hale, “that they all try mighty hard, though, to take their misery in a mansion.” When she came to her own rooms, Carrie saw their comparative insignificance. She was not so dull but that she could perceive they were but three small rooms in a moderately well-furnished boarding-house. She was not contrasting it now with what she had had, but what she had so recently seen. The glow of the palatial doors was still in her eye, the roll of cushioned carriages still in her ears. What, after all, was Drouet? What was she? At her window, she thought it over, rocking to and fro, and gazing out across the lamp-lit park toward the lamp-lit houses on Warren and Ashland avenues. She was too wrought up to care to go down to eat, too pensive to do aught but rock and sing. Some old tunes crept to her lips, and, as she sang them, her heart sank. She longed and longed and longed. It was now for the old cottage room in Columbia City, now the mansion upon the Shore Drive, now the fine dress of some lady, now the elegance of some scene. She was sad beyond measure, and yet uncertain, wishing, fancying. Finally, it seemed as if all her state was one of loneliness and forsakenness, and she could scarce refrain from trembling at the lip. She hummed and hummed as the moments went by, sitting in the shadow by the window, and was therein as happy, though she did not perceive it, as she ever would be. While Carrie was still in this frame of mind, the house-servant brought up the intelligence that Mr. Hurstwood was in the parlor asking to see Mr. and Mrs. Drouet. “I guess he doesn’t know that Charlie is out of town,” thought Carrie. She had seen comparatively little of the manager during the winter, but had been kept constantly in mind of him by one thing and another, principally by the strong impression he had made. She was quite disturbed for the moment as to her appearance, but soon satisfied herself by the aid of the mirror, and went below. Hurstwood was in his best form, as usual. He hadn’t heard that Drouet was out of town. He was but slightly affected by the intelligence, and devoted himself to the more general topics which would interest Carrie. It was surprising – the ease with which he conducted a conversation. He was like every man who has had the advantage of practice and knows he has sympathy. He knew that Carrie listened to him pleasurably, and, without the least effort, he fell into a train of observation which absorbed her fancy. He drew up his chair and modulated his voice to such a degree that what he said seemed wholly confidential. He confined himself almost exclusively to his observation of men and pleasures. He had been here and there, he had seen this and that. Somehow he made Carrie wish to see similar things, and all the while kept her aware of himself. She could not shut out the consciousness of his individuality and presence for a moment. He would raise his eyes slowly in smiling emphasis of something, and she was fixed by their magnetism. He would draw out, with the easiest grace, her approval. Once he touched her hand for emphasis and she only smiled. He seemed to radiate an atmosphere which suffused her being. He was never dull for a minute, and seemed to make her clever. At least, she brightened under his influence until all her best side was exhibited. She felt that she was more clever with him than with others. At least, he seemed to find so much in her to applaud. There was not the slightest touch of patronage. Drouet was full of it. There had been something so personal, so subtle, in each meeting between them, both when Drouet was present and when he was absent, that Carrie could not speak of it without feeling a sense of difficulty. She was no talker. She could never arrange her thoughts in fluent order. It was always a matter of feeling with her, strong and deep. Each time there had been no sentence of importance which she could relate, and as for the glances and sensations, what woman would reveal them? Such things had never been between her and Drouet. As a matter of fact, they could never be. She had been dominated by distress and the enthusiastic forces of relief which Drouet represented at an opportune moment when she yielded to him. Now she was persuaded by secret current feelings which Drouet had never understood. Hurstwood’s glance was as effective as the spoken words of a lover, and more. They called for no immediate decision, and could not be answered. People in general attach too much importance to words. They are under the illusion that talking effects great results. As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument. They but dimly represent the great surging feelings and desires which lie behind. When the distraction of the tongue is removed, the heart listens. In this conversation she heard, instead of his words, the voices of the things which he represented. How suave was the counsel of his appearance![62 - How suave was the counsel of his appearance! – Как красноречиво говорила за него его внешность!] How feelingly did his superior state speak for itself! The growing desire he felt for her lay upon her spirit as a gentle hand. She did not need to tremble at all, because it was invisible; she did not need to worry over what other people would say – what she herself would say – because it had no tangibility. She was being pleaded with, persuaded, led into denying old rights and assuming new ones, and yet there were no words to prove it. Such conversation as was indulged in held the same relationship to the actual mental enactments of the twain that the low music of the orchestra does to the dramatic incident which it is used to cover. “Have you ever seen the houses along the Lake Shore on the North Side?” asked Hurstwood. “Why, I was just over there this afternoon – Mrs. Hale and I. Aren’t they beautiful?” “They’re very fine,” he answered. “Oh, me,” said Carrie, pensively. “I wish I could live in such a place.” “You’re not happy,” said Hurstwood, slowly, after a slight pause. He had raised his eyes solemnly and was looking into her own. He assumed that he had struck a deep chord. Now was a slight chance to say a word in his own behalf. He leaned over quietly and continued his steady gaze. He felt the critical character of the period. She endeavoured to stir, but it was useless. The whole strength of a man’s nature was working. He had good cause to urge him on. He looked and looked, and the longer the situation lasted the more difficult it became. The little shop-girl was getting into deep water. She was letting her few supports float away from her. “Oh,” she said at last, “you mustn’t look at me like that.” “I can’t help it,” he answered. She relaxed a little and let the situation endure, giving him strength. “You are not satisfied with life, are you?” “No,” she answered, weakly. He saw he was the master of the situation – he felt it. He reached over and touched her hand. “You mustn’t,” she exclaimed, jumping up. “I didn’t intend to,” he answered, easily. She did not run away, as she might have done. She did not terminate the interview, but he drifted off into a pleasant field of thought with the readiest grace. Not long after he rose to go, and she felt that he was in power. “You mustn’t feel bad,” he said, kindly; “things will straighten out in the course of time.” She made no answer, because she could think of nothing to say. “We are good friends, aren’t we?” he said, extending his hand. “Yes,” she answered. “Not a word, then, until I see you again.” He retained a hold on her hand. “I can’t promise,” she said, doubtfully. “You must be more generous than that,” he said, in such a simple way that she was touched. “Let’s not talk about it any more,” she returned. “All right,” he said, brightening. He went down the steps and into his cab. Carrie closed the door and ascended into her room. She undid her broad lace collar before the mirror and unfastened her pretty alligator belt which she had recently bought. “I’m getting terrible,” she said, honestly affected by a feeling of trouble and shame. “I don’t seem to do anything right.” She unloosed her hair after a time, and let it hang in loose brown waves. Her mind was going over the events of the evening. “I don’t know,” she murmured at last, “what I can do.” “Well,” said Hurstwood as he rode away, “she likes me all right; that I know.” The aroused manager whistled merrily for a good four miles to his office an old melody that he had not recalled for fifteen years. Chapter XIII His Credentials Accepted: A Babel of Tongues It was not quite two days after the scene between Carrie and Hurstwood in the Ogden Place parlor before he again put in his appearance. He had been thinking almost uninterruptedly of her. Her leniency had, in a way, inflamed his regard. He felt that he must succeed with her, and that speedily. The reason for his interest, not to say fascination, was deeper than mere desire. It was a flowering out of feelings which had been withering in dry and almost barren soil for many years. It is probable that Carrie represented a better order of woman than had ever attracted him before. He had had no love affair since that which culminated in his marriage, and since then time and the world had taught him how raw and erroneous was his original judgment. Whenever he thought of it, he told himself that, if he had it to do over again, he would never marry such a woman. At the same time, his experience with women in general had lessened his respect for the sex. He maintained a cynical attitude, well grounded on numerous experiences. Such women as he had known were of nearly one type, selfish, ignorant, flashy. The wives of his friends were not inspiring to look upon. His own wife had developed a cold, commonplace nature which to him was anything but pleasing. Hurstwood had gone, at Drouet’s invitation, to meet a new baggage of fine clothes and pretty features. He entered, expecting to indulge in an evening of lightsome frolic, and then lose track of the newcomer forever. Instead he found a woman whose youth and beauty attracted him. In the mild light of Carrie’s eye was nothing of the calculation of the mistress. In the diffident manner was nothing of the art of the courtesan. He saw at once that a mistake had been made, that some difficult conditions had pushed this troubled creature into his presence, and his interest was enlisted. Here sympathy sprang to the rescue, but it was not unmixed with selfishness. He wanted to win Carrie because he thought her fate mingled with his was better than if it were united with Drouet’s. He envied the drummer his conquest as he had never envied any man in all the course of his experience. On this Friday afternoon, scarcely two days after his previous visit, he made up his mind to see Carrie. He could not stay away longer. “Evans,” he said, addressing the head barkeeper, “if any one calls, I will be back between four and five.” He hurried to Madison Street and boarded a horse-car, which carried him to Ogden Place in half an hour. Carrie had thought of going for a walk, and had put on a light gray woolen dress with a jaunty double-breasted jacket. She had out her hat and gloves, and was fastening a white lace tie about her throat when the housemaid brought up the information that Mr. Hurstwood wished to see her. She started slightly at the announcement, but told the girl to say that she would come down in a moment, and proceeded to hasten her dressing. Carrie could not have told herself at this moment whether she was glad or sorry that the impressive manager was awaiting her presence. She was slightly flurried and tingling in the cheeks, but it was more nervousness than either fear or favor. She did not try to conjecture what the drift of the conversation would be. She only felt that she must be careful, and that Hurstwood had an indefinable fascination for her. Then she gave her tie its last touch with her fingers and went below. Конец ознакомительного фрагмента. Текст предоставлен ООО «ЛитРес». Прочитайте эту книгу целиком, купив полную легальную версию (https://www.litres.ru/teodor-drayzer/sister-carrie-sestra-kerri-kniga-dlya-chteniya-na-angliysko/?lfrom=334617187) на ЛитРес. Безопасно оплатить книгу можно банковской картой Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, со счета мобильного телефона, с платежного терминала, в салоне МТС или Связной, через PayPal, WebMoney, Яндекс.Деньги, QIWI Кошелек, бонусными картами или другим удобным Вам способом. notes Примечания 1 satchel – сумка 2 Whatever touch of regret at parting characterized her given up. – Если у нее и были сожаления при расставании, то они исчезли. 3 fedora hat – мягкая фетровая шляпа 4 traveling canvasser – коммивояжер 5 drummers – (амер.; разг.) коммивояжер, «зазывала» 6 masher – щеголь, серцеед 7 insignia of the Order of Elks – эмблема тайного ордена Лосей 8 aroused by memories of longings their show windows had cost her – оживившись при воспоминании о страстных желаниях, которые она испытала, стоя перед их витринами 9 You want to see Lincoln Park – Вы непременно должны осмотреть Линкольн-парк 10 Her sister carried with her most of the grimness of shift and toil. – Вид сестры свидетельствовал о беспросветности ее жизни, наполненной тяжелым трудом. 11 steady round of toil with her – привычный круг ее обязанностей 12 shanties and coal-yards – лачуг и угольных складов 13 much as inquiring her name – даже не спросив, как ее зовут 14 to avoid taciturn replies – избегать вопросов, которые могли остаться без ответа 15 She would speak for that when silent on all else. – Она могла бы молчать о чем угодно, но только не об этом. 16 gingham apron – холщовый фартук 17 Gee, but he was a mark. – Здурово, его было видно издалека. 18 Duffer. – Болван. 19 Rubber! – Клизма! 20 He’s too fresh. – Он ужастный нахал. 21 rich young “rounders” – богатые молодые бездельники 22 Laid up, they say, … Say, he’s a gouty old boy! – Болен, говорят … Старик страдает подагрой! 23 high hat and Prince Albert coat – в цилиндре и сюртуке 24 when the little toiler was bemoaning her narrow lot – когда маленькая труженица оплакивала свою жалкую долю 25 “Well,” he said, as he took her arm – and there was an exuberance of good-fellowship in the word which fairly warmed the cockles of her heart. – Ну, – сказал он, беря ее под руку, и в тоне его было столько простого товарищеского чувства, что у девушки стало тепло на душе. 26 Hashed brown potatoes. – Жаренный картофель. 27 all the rage that fall – крик моды в ту осень 28 wavered in mind – была в нерешительности 29 but this swept the whole fore-schemed situation by the board – но это «смыло» все заранее заготовленные фразы «за борт» 30 Drouet seemed of her own spirit and pleasing. – Друэ, казалось, полностью понимал ее и был таким приятным. 31 He would be out on the road and she could be working. – Он бы отправился в деловую поездку, а она могла бы поработать. 32 … what are you looking so blue about? – … о чем грустим? 33 Say, that fits like a T (tee)… – Вот это да! Подходит тютелька в тютельку… 34 You stick to me and we’ll have a coach. – Держитесь за меня и у нас будет свой экипаж 35 They had been dawdling over the dishes. – Они уже давно сидели над пустыми тарелками. 36 game of euchre – юкер (род карточной игры) 37 Sec – (фр.) сухой (о вине) 38 steam launch – паровая яхта 39 He says it's a dandy. – Он говорил, что она превосходна. 40 a local aldermanic junket – развлекательная поездка членов местного муниципалитета 41 Wherefore, villain, hast thou failed? – А потому, о преступница, как смела ты перешагнуть за пределы дозволенного? 42 That was a little, green-carpeted breathing spot than which, today, there is nothing more beautiful in Chicago. – И тогда уже эта площадь, красивее которой нет сейчас в Чикаго, представляла собой сплошной зеленый газон. 43 jardiniиres – (фр.) жардиньерка 44 pier-glass mirror – трюмо 45 Welsh rarebits – гренки по-валлийски (с сыром) 46 The finest resort in town. It’s a way-up, smell place. – Один из самых излюбленных баров в городе. Шикарное место. 47 He was lucky in the fact that opportunity tumbled into his lap – Ему повезло, что удача сама свалилась ему в руки 48 I won’t stand a ghost of a show – у меня нет шансов выстоять 49 sharp – знаток, мастак 50 dimes – американская монета в 10 центов 51 Fine stepper, wasn’t she? – Прекрасная походка, не правда ли? 52 he must be all in all to each – он должен целиком отдавать себя каждой 53 It was the ancient attraction of the fresh for the stale. – Вечное влечение увядающего к юному и свежему. 54 gossamer threads – легкие нити паутины 55 I’m afraid you keep her cooped up out there. – Мне кажется, вы держите ее взаперти. 56 Not me – Вот уж неправда 57 spick and span – с иголочки, нарядно, изящно 58 parquet – (амер.) передние ряды партера 59 he looked carefully about him and counted the cost of every inch of conspicuity – он внимательно следил, чтобы его присутствие не было замечено 60 Governor – (разг.) отец 61 canting philosophy of the grapeless fox – лицемерных рассуждений о лисе и зеленом винограде 62 How suave was the counsel of his appearance! – Как красноречиво говорила за него его внешность!
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