She began to see that her relations with Drouet would have to beabandoned. He could not come here. She read from the manner ofHanson, in the subdued air of Minnie, and, indeed, the wholeatmosphere of the flat, a settled opposition to anything save aconservative round of toil. If Hanson sat every evening in thefront room and read his paper, if he went to bed at nine, andMinnie a little later, what would they expect of her? She sawthat she would first need to get work and establish herself on apaying basis before she could think of having company of anysort. Her little flirtation with Drouet seemed now anextraordinary thing.
"Look at that woman's dress over there," he said, again turningto Carrie, and nodding in a direction.
"Company!" returned Mrs. Jinks, the word causing her temper to explode; "I don't know how they'll ever get inside the room. I shall have to borrow a form from the school next door but one, and put it in the passage for some of 'em; and, when that and the chairs is filled, the rest must stand. Never as long as I live, will I take in a unmarried parson-gent again, if he's one of this here new sort that gets the ladies about him all day in church and gives drums out of it. Hark at the laughing! Them two parsons be in their glory."
"I have avenged myself!" said he.