CHAPTER XI 

 home atmosphere which they established when 
they returned from their honeymoon was more 
artistic than that which had characterized the earlier 
life of Mrs. Cowperwood as Mrs. Semple. Cowperwood, 
aggressive in his current artistic mood, had objected at 
once after they were engaged to the spirit of the furni- 
ture and decorations, or lack of them, and had suggested 
that he be allowed to have it brought more in keeping 
with his idea of what was appropriate. During these 
years in which he had been growing into manhood he 
had come instinctively into sound notions of what was 
artistic and refined. He had seen so much of homes 
that were more distinguished and harmonious than his 
own. One could not walk or drive about Philadelphia 
without seeing and being impressed with the general 
tendency toward a more refined and cultivated social 
life. There were many excellent and expensive houses 
going up in the west. The front lawn, with some attempt 
at floral gardening, was coming into local popularity. 
In the homes of the Tighes, the Leighs, Mr. Arthur 
Rivers, and others, were art objects of some distinction, 
which he had seen—bronzes, marbles, hangings, pictures, 
clocks, rugs better than any his family had ever pos- 
sessed. He had meditated on these things at odd mo- 
ments, drawn to them mightily. Now, when he was think- 
ing of setting up his own home, these thoughts for the 
time being became uppermost. 
The previous condition of the Semple home had not 
appealed to him at all. Mr. Semple appeared dull ; Mrs. 
Semple indifferent but beautiful. Her setting was not 
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