A telegram from
him 2 bespeaking
a room 3 " only if not noisy , " reply paid , was produced for
the enquirer 2 at
the office 4 , so that the understanding
they 5 should meet at
Chester 6 rather than at
Liverpool 7 remained to that extent sound .
The same secret principle , however , that had prompted
Strether 0 not absolutely to desire
Waymarsh 2 's presence at
the dock 8 , that had led
him 0 thus to postpone for a few hours
his 0 enjoyment of it , now operated to make
him 0 feel
he 0 could still wait without disappointment .
They 5 would dine together at the worst , and , with all respect to dear old
Waymarsh 2 -- if not even , for that matter , to
himself 0 -- there was little fear that in the sequel
they 5 should n't see enough of each other .
I 9 have just mentioned as operating had been , with
, wholly instinctive -- the fruit of a sharp sense that , delightful as it would be to find
the most newly disembarked of
the two men 5 0
himself 0 looking , after so much separation , into 's face ,
his 0 business would be a trifle bungled should
he 0 simply arrange for this countenance to present itself to
the nearing steamer 10 as the first " note , " of
Europe 11 .
Mixed with everything was the apprehension , already , on
Strether 0 's part , that it would , at best , throughout , prove the note of
Europe 11 in quite a sufficient degree .
That note had been meanwhile -- since the previous afternoon , thanks to this happier device -- such a consciousness of personal freedom as
he 0 had n't known for years ; such a deep taste of change and of having above all for the moment
nobody 12 and nothing to consider , as promised already , if headlong hope were not too foolish , to colour
his 0 adventure with cool success .
-- so far as ease could up to now be imputed to
the ship 14
had easily consorted 13
him 0 -- and who for the most part plunged straight into the current that set from
the landing-stage 15 to
London 16 ; there were
others who had invited
to a tryst at
the inn 1
and had even invoked
aid for a " look round " at
the beauties of
Liverpool 7 18
he 0 had stolen away from
every one 19 alike , had kept no appointment and renewed no acquaintance , had been indifferently aware of the number of
and had even independently , unsociably , alone , without encounter or relapse and by mere quiet evasion , given
persons who esteemed
fortunate in being , unlike
, " met , " 20
his 0 afternoon and evening to the immediate and the sensible .
They 20 formed a qualified draught of
Europe 11 , an afternoon and an evening on the banks of the
Mersey 21 , but such as it was
he 0 took
his 0 potion at least undiluted .
He 0 winced a little , truly , at the thought that
Waymarsh 2 might be already at
Chester 6 ;
he 0 reflected that , should
he 0 have to describe
himself 0 there as having " got in " so early , it would be difficult to make the interval look particularly eager ; but
he 0 was like
a man who , elatedly finding in
pocket more money than usual , handles it a while and idly and pleasantly chinks it before addressing
to the business of spending 22
he 0 was prepared to be vague to
Waymarsh 2 about the hour of
the ship 14 's touching , and that
he 0 both wanted extremely to see
him 2 and enjoyed extremely the duration of delay -- these things , it is to be conceived , were early signs in
him 0 that
his 0 relation to
his 0 actual errand might prove none of the simplest .
He 0 was burdened , poor
Strether 0 -- it had better be confessed at the outset -- with the oddity of a double consciousness .
There was detachment in
his 0 zeal and curiosity in
his 0 indifference .
the young woman in the glass cage 23 had held up to
him 0 across
her 23 counter the pale-pink leaflet bearing 's name , which
she 23 neatly pronounced ,
he 0 turned away to find
himself 0 , in
the hall 24 , facing
a lady who met
eyes as with an intention suddenly determined , and whose features -- not freshly young , not markedly fine , but on happy terms with each other -- came back to
as from a recent vision 25
For a moment
they 26 stood confronted ; then the moment placed
her 25 :
he 0 had noticed
her 25 the day before , noticed
her 25 at , where -- again in
the hall 24 --
she 25 had been briefly engaged with
some people of
's company 28
Nothing had actually passed between
them 26 , and
he 0 would as little have been able to say what had been the sign of
her 25 face for
him 0 on the first occasion as to name the ground of
his 0 present recognition .
Recognition at any rate appeared to prevail on
her 25 own side as well -- which would only have added to the mystery .
she 25 now began by saying to
him 0 nevertheless was that , having chanced to catch
his 0 enquiry ,
she 25 was moved to ask , by
his 0 leave , if it were possibly a question of
Mr. Waymarsh of
Connecticut 30 2
Mr. Waymarsh 2
the American lawyer 46 .
" Oh yes , "
he 0 replied , "
very well-known friend 2
He 2 's to meet
me 0 here , coming up from
Malvern 31 , and
I 0 supposed
he 2 'd already have arrived .
he 2 does n't come till later , and
I 0 'm relieved not to have kept
him 2 .
you 25 know
him 2 ? "
Strether 0 wound up .
It was n't till after
he 0 had spoken that
he 0 became aware of how much there had been in
him 0 of response ; when the tone of
her 25 own rejoinder , as well as the play of something more in
her 25 face -- something more , that is , than its apparently usual restless light -- seemed to notify
him 0 .
I 25 've met
him 2 at
Milrose 29 -- where
I 25 used sometimes , a good while ago , to stay ;
I 25 had
who were 32
I 25 've been at .
I 25 wo n't answer for it that
he 2 would know
me 25 , "
pursued ; " but
's new acquaintance 25
I 25 should be delighted to see
him 2 .
Perhaps , "
she 25 added , "
I 25 shall -- for
I 25 'm staying over . "
She 25 paused while took in these things , and it was as if a good deal of talk had already passed .
They 26 even vaguely smiled at it , and
Strether 0 presently observed that
Mr. Waymarsh 2 would , no doubt , be easily to be seen .
This , however , appeared to affect
the lady 25 as if
she 25 might have advanced too far .
She 25 appeared to have no reserves about anything .
" Oh , "
she 25 said , "
he 2 wo n't care ! "
she 25 immediately thereupon remarked that
she 25 believed
Strether 0 knew
the Munsters 35 ;
the Munsters 35 being
Liverpool 7 28
he 0 did n't , it happened , know
the Munsters 35 well enough to give the case much of a lift ; so that
they 26 were left together as if over the mere laid table of conversation .
Her 25 qualification of the mentioned connexion had rather removed than placed a dish , and there seemed nothing else to serve .
Their 26 attitude remained , none the less , that of not forsaking the board ; and the effect of this in turn was to give
them 26 the appearance of having accepted each other with an absence of preliminaries practically complete .
They 26 moved along
the hall 24 together , and
threw off that
's companion 25
the hotel 1 had the advantage of
a garden 36 .
He 0 was aware by this time of
his 0 strange inconsequence :
he 0 had shirked the intimacies of
the steamer 10 and had muffled the shock of
Waymarsh 2 only to find
himself 0 forsaken , in this sudden case , both of avoidance and of caution .
He 0 passed , under this unsought protection and before
he 0 had so much as gone up to , into
, and at the end of ten minutes had agreed to meet
the garden of
the hotel 1 36
there 36 again , as soon as
he 0 should have made
himself 0 tidy ,
the dispenser of such good assurances 0 .
He 0 wanted to look at
the town 38 , and
they 26 would forthwith look together .
It was almost as if
she 25 had been in possession and received
him 0 as
a guest 44 .
Her 25 acquaintance with
the place 38 presented
her 25 in a manner as
a hostess 45 , and
Strether 0 had a rueful glance for
the lady in the glass cage 23 .
It was as if
this personage 23 had seen
herself 23 instantly superseded .
When in a quarter of an hour
he 0 came down , what saw , what
she 25 might have taken in with a vision kindly adjusted , was the lean , the slightly loose figure of
a man of the middle height and something more perhaps than the middle age 0 --
a man of five-and-fifty , whose most immediate signs were a marked bloodless brownness of face , a thick dark moustache , of characteristically American cut , growing strong and falling low , a head of hair still abundant but irregularly streaked with grey , and a nose of bold free prominence , the even line , the high finish , as it might have been called , of which , had a certain effect of mitigation 0 .
A perpetual pair of glasses astride of this fine ridge , and a line , unusually deep and drawn , the prolonged pen-stroke of time , accompanying the curve of the moustache from nostril to chin , did something to complete the facial furniture that
an attentive observer 39 would have seen catalogued , on the spot , in the vision of the other party to
Strether 0 's appointment .
She 25 waited for
him 0 in
the garden 36 , the other party , drawing on a pair of singularly fresh soft and elastic light gloves and presenting
herself 40 with a superficial readiness which , as
he 0 approached
her 25 over
the small smooth lawn 41 and in the watery English sunshine ,
he 0 might , with
his 0 rougher preparation , have marked as the model for such an occasion .
She 25 had ,
this lady 25 , a perfect plain propriety , an expensive subdued suitability , that was not free to analyse , but that struck
him 0 , so that
his 0 consciousness of it was instantly acute , as a quality quite new to
him 0 .
he 0 stopped on the grass and went through the form of feeling for something , possibly forgotten , in the light overcoat
he 0 carried on
his 0 arm ; yet the essence of the act was no more than the impulse to gain time .
Nothing could have been odder than
Strether 0 's sense of
himself 0 as at that moment launched in something of which the sense would be quite disconnected from the sense of
his 0 past and which was literally beginning there and then .
It had begun in fact already
upstairs 42 and before the dressing glass that struck
him 0 as blocking further , so strangely , the dimness of the window of ; begun with a sharper survey of the elements of Appearance than
he 0 had for a long time been moved to make .
He 0 had during those moments felt these elements to be not so much to
his 0 hand as
he 0 should have liked , and then had fallen back on the thought that they were precisely a matter as to which help was supposed to come from what
he 0 was about to do .
He 0 was about to go up to
London 16 , so that hat and necktie might wait .
What had come as straight to
him 0 as a ball in a well-played game -- and caught moreover not less neatly -- was just the air , in
, of having seen and chosen , the air of achieved possession of those vague qualities and quantities that collectively figured to
the person of
him 0 as the advantage snatched from lucky chances .
Without pomp or circumstance , certainly , as
her 25 original address to
him 0 , equally with
his 0 own response , had been ,
he 0 would have sketched to
his 0 impression of
her 25 as : " Well ,
she 25 's more thoroughly civilized -- ! "
If " More thoroughly than WHOM ? "
would not have been for
him 0 a sequel to this remark , that was just by reason of
his 0 deep consciousness of the bearing of
his 0 comparison .