A leading Question.
I said, �and then its so amusing to see how
easily they are taken.� I talked of her way and
habit of saying pleasant things, and its effective-
ness, as the average run of girls stick to passiv-
ity; how men�s approbativeness raises the adminis
trator of such delicious flattery into liking, which
may be easily increased; and advised her to keep
on, as it brought such peace and happiness and
self respect (?). She said she felt �very wicked�
while doing it, insisting that I thought her �per-
fectly heartless,� and earnestly denying she had
ever attempted my capture, as I had intimated.
�Why it don�t matter,� I answered; �I don�t like
you any the less for it; but you know you did
try the pleasant things on me?� �They were
in earnest and I was different.� x x �I used
to say things that stirred her up so.� �When?
When I talked to her before Nast�s departure.
It wasn�t so, now.� �Why?� Somehow she was
changed � didn�t feel so much as she used to. Did
I ever hear what Jim Parton had said about
me, when he first knew me?� �No.� �That he
thought how a woman could love me.� �Perhaps
one does,� I answered. �What, now?� said
Sally, thinking of Mary Bilton. I would have
told her of Hannah, if the time had been one
for confidence. The others left us together,