“Over her gray and velvet dress,
Under her molten, beaten hair,
Color of rose in mock distress
Flushes and fades and makes her fair;
Fills the air from her to him
With light and languor and little sighs,
Just so subtly he scarcely knows …
Laughing lightning, color of rose.”
“Do you like me?”
“Of course I do,” said Clara seriously.
“Well, we have some qualities in common. Things that are spontaneous in each of us—or were originally.”
“You’re implying that I haven’t used myself very well?”
“Well, I can’t judge. A man, of course, has to go through a lot more, and I’ve been sheltered.”
“Oh, don’t stall, please, Clara,” Amory interrupted; “but do talk about me a little, won’t you?”
“Surely, I’d adore to.” She didn’t smile.
“That’s sweet of