The excessive physical charm of the Creole had first attracted her, for Edna had a sensuous susceptibility to beauty.
Edna had prevailed upon Madame Ratignolle to leave the children behind, though she could not induce her to relinquish a diminutive roll of needlework, which Adele begged to be allowed to slip into the depths of her pocket.
The charm of Edna Pontellier's physique stole insensibly upon you.
Edna removed her collar and opened her dress at the throat.
Edna had had an occasional girl friend, but whether accidentally or not, they seemed to have been all of one type--the self-contained.
Edna was a little miss, just merging into her teens; and the realization that she herself was nothing, nothing, nothing to the engaged young man was a bitter affliction to her.
Disastrous business enterprises had burdened his acres and forced his two girls, Edna and Letty, into doing something for themselves.
I hadn't looked at it in that light," Edna conceded.
I'll make it my business to find out," Edna assured her; "and I'll let you know inside forty-eight hours.
I--I hardly understand," Edna said, for his suggestion conveyed no meaning to her.
They both rose to their feet, Edna quite carried away by his enthusiasm and his quick, jerky sentences, bristling with the things she wanted to know.
A plaid shawl borrowed from the washerwoman, a ragged scrubbing skirt borrowed from the charwoman, and a gray wig rented from a costumer for twenty-five cents a night, completed the outfit; for Edna had elected to be an old Irishwoman singing broken-heartedly after her wandering boy.