Impulses of sympathy came naturally to her, and it was instinctive to proffer her help to Mrs. Fisher.
Lawrence Selden was among those who had yielded to the proffered inducements.
She looked so plaintively lovely as she proffered the request, so trustfully sure of his sympathy and understanding, that Trenor felt himself wishing that his wife could see how other women treated him—not battered wire-pullers like Mrs. Fisher, but a girl that most men would have given their boots to get such a look from.
The few relatives who had stayed on, or returned, for the reading of Mrs. Peniston’s will, had taken flight again that afternoon to Newport or Long Island; and not one of them had made any proffer of hospitality to Lily.
He lit Selden’s proffered cigarette, and continued, in his high-pitched drawling tone: "None of my business, of course, but I didn’t introduce her to the Duchess.