Miss Bart’s countenance did not reflect the smile.
"Oh, Mr. Rosedale—how are you?" she said, perceiving that the irrepressible annoyance on her face was reflected in the sudden intimacy of his smile.
"Unless it’s the electric light——" she reflected, springing up from her seat and lighting the candles on the dressing-table.
Perhaps it was not, Lily reflected; but it should be soon, unless she had lost her cunning.
Lily had slept well, and her bath had filled her with a pleasant glow, which was becomingly reflected in the clear curve of her cheek.
This gave her a sense of reflected superiority, and she did not need Mrs. Bart’s comments on the family frumps and misers to foster her naturally lively taste for splendour.
But his greeting expressed no more than the satisfaction which every pretty woman expects to see reflected in masculine eyes; and the discovery, if distasteful to her vanity, was reassuring to her nerves.
She was in reality reflecting that a declaration would take some time to make, and that Selden must surely appear before the moment of refusal had been reached.
"I daresay it is true," she reflected; and her imagination was fired by the thought that Mr. Gryce, who might have sounded the depths of the most complex self-indulgence, was perhaps actually taking his first journey alone with a pretty woman.
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He reflected with a throb of pride that Lily could trim her own hats—she had told him so the day of their walk at Bellomont.
How could he lift Lily to a freer vision of life, if his own view of her was to be coloured by any mind in which he saw her reflected?
In the little glass above her dressing-table she saw her face reflected against the shadows of the room, and tears blotted the reflection.
She had paled a little under the shock of the insult, but the discomposure of the surrounding faces was not reflected in her own.
In the cold slant of light reflected from the back wall of a neighbouring building, she saw her evening dress and opera cloak lying in a tawdry heap on a chair.
But Lily was not easily disconcerted; competition put her on her mettle, and she reflected that Selden’s coming, if it did not declare him to be still in Mrs. Dorset’s toils, showed him to be so completely free from them that he was not afraid of her proximity.
The attitude revealed the long slope of her slender sides, which gave a kind of wild-wood grace to her outline—as though she were a captured dryad subdued to the conventions of the drawing-room; and Selden reflected that it was the same streak of sylvan freedom in her nature that lent such savour to her artificiality.
"It’s like being in church," she reflected, wondering vaguely where Gwen Stepney had got such an awful hat.
Miss Farish paused with a sigh which reflected the perplexity of her departing visitor.
"It’s a farce—a crazy farce," he repeated, his eyes fixed on the long vista of the room reflected in the blotched glass between the windows.
It was the strangest part of Lily’s strange experience, the hearing of these names, the seeing the fragmentary and distorted image of the world she had lived in reflected in the mirror of the working-girls’ minds.
For this reason he had been especially pleased to learn that she would, as usual, attend the young Trenors to church on Sunday morning; and as he paced the gravel sweep before the door, his light overcoat on his arm and his prayer-book in one carefully-gloved hand, he reflected agreeably on the strength of character which kept her true to her early training in surroundings so subversive to religious principles.
Lily, well-versed in the language of these omissions, knew that they were equally intelligible to the other members of the party: even Rosedale, flushed as he was with the importance of keeping such company, at once took the temperature of Mrs. Trenor’s cordiality, and reflected it in his off-hand greeting of Miss Bart.