A Respectable Woman


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    Mrs. Baroda was a little provoked to learn that her husband expected his friend, Gouvernail, up to spend a week or two on the plantation.

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  • They had entertained a good deal during the winter;

  • much of the time had also been passed in New Orleans in various forms of mild dissipation.

  • She was looking forward to a period of unbroken rest, now, and undisturbed tete-a-tete with her husband, when he informed her that Gouvernail was coming up to stay a week or two.

  • This was a man she had heard much of but never seen.

  • He had been her husband's college friend;

  • was now a journalist, and in no sense a society man or

  • “a man about town,”

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    which were, perhaps, some of the reasons she had never met him.

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  • But she had unconsciously formed an image of him in her mind.

  • She pictured him tall, slim, cynical;

  • with eye-glasses, and his hands in his pockets;

  • and she did not like him.

  • Gouvernail was slim enough, but he wasn't very tall nor very cynical;

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    neither did he wear eyeglasses nor carry his hands in his pockets.

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  • And she rather liked him when he first presented himself.

  • But why she liked him she could not explain satisfactorily to herself when she partly attempted to do so.

  • She could discover in him none of those brilliant and promising traits which Gaston, her husband, had often assured her that he possessed.

  • On the contrary, he sat rather mute and receptive before her chatty eagerness to make him feel at home and in face of Gaston's frank and wordy hospitality.