She passed from a feeble disgust at their closer relations into what promised to be ardent affection, but it drooped into bored routine.
Babbitt’s evenings were barren then, and he found comfort only in Paul’s second cousin, Myra Thompson, a sleek and gentle girl who showed her capacity by agreeing with the ardent young Babbitt that of course he was going to be governor some day.
Zenith ardently received Sir Gerald (who had come to America to buy coal).
None of these is more ardent than the Zenith Boosters’ Club.
Slim waist girdled with raw silk, strong brows, ardent eyes, hair parted above a broad forehead—she meant youth to him and a charm which saddened.
All the while he was dreading the moment when he would be alone with his wife and she would patiently expect him to be ardent.
If he took her to dinner, if he were seen by censorious friends—But he went on ardently: "Don’t think I’m getting fresh if I suggest it would be nice for us to go out and have a little dinner together some evening."
He had met Tanis’s friends; he had, with the ardent haste of the Midnight People, who drink and dance and rattle and are ever afraid to be silent, been adopted as a member of her group, which they called "The Bunch."
Incredulously he remembered that he had by his roaring familiarity with them laid himself open to the patronizing of youths whom he would have kicked out of his office; that by dancing too ardently he had exposed himself to rebukes from the rattiest of withering women.