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 Pontellier, casting her eyes about, had finally kept them at rest upon the sea.
"But for the fun of it," persisted Edna. "First of all, the sight of the water stretching so far away, those motionless sails against the blue sky, made a delicious picture that I just wanted to sit and look at.
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.
"But what kind of turns can I do?" Edna asked dubiously.
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.