For a period of four months at least this was exactly the way it worked out. After meeting her in this fashion, hewas devoting not an inconsiderable portion of his free time to attempting to interest her to the point where shewould take as much interest in him as she appeared to take in others. At the same time he could not tell whethershe could be made to entertain a singular affection for any one. Nor could he believe that there was only aninnocent camaraderie1 involved in all this. Yet she was so enticing2 that he was deliriously3 moved by the thoughtthat if his worst suspicions were true, she might ultimately favor him. So captivated was he by this savor4 ofsensuality and varietism that was about her, the stigmata of desire manifest in her gestures, moods, voice, theway she dressed, that he could not think of relinquishing5 her.
Rather, he foolishly ran after her. And seeing this, she put him off, at times evaded6 him, compelled him tocontent himself with little more than the crumbs7 of her company, while at the same time favoring him with descriptions or pictures of other activities and contacts which made him feel as though he could no longer endureto merely trail her in this fashion. It was then he would announce to himself in anger that he was not going to seeher any more. She was no good to him, really. But on seeing her again, a cold indifference9 in everything she saidand did, his courage failed him and he could not think of severing10 the tie.
She was not at all backward at the same time in speaking of things that she needed or would like to have -- littlethings, at first -- a new powder puff11, a lip stick, a box of powder or a bottle of perfume. Later, and without havingyielded anything more to Clyde than a few elusive12 and evasive endearments13 -- intimate and languorous14 recliningsin his arms which promised much but always came to nothing -- she made so bold as to indicate