THE FINANCIER 
it has been indicated that he was physically urgent. It 
has also been shown that he was artistically minded. 
Aileen Butler supplied something which he had not pre- 
viously known or consciously craved. No other woman 
or girl whom he had known had ever possessed so much 
innate force as this one possessed, none so much vitality 
and vivacity. Her red-gold hair—it was not so much 
red as decidedly golden, with a suggestion of red in it— 
was rich and plentiful. It looped itself in heavy folds 
about her forehead, and sagged at the base of her neck. 
She had a beautiful nose, not sensitive, but straight-cut 
with small nostril openings, and eyes that were big, and 
while forceful, were still sensuous. They were such a nice 
shade of blue—gray-blue. Her clothes, for some strange 
reason, seemed to suggest undue luxury. They hinted at 
the bangles, anklets, ear-rings, and breast-plates of the oda- 
lisque, and yet, of course, these were not there. She con- 
fessed to him years afterward that she would love to 
have stained her nails and painted the center of the palms 
of her hands with madder-red. Yet she was as vigorous, 
as healthy, and as normal seeming as any girl could be. 
She was intensely interested in life, men, what they would 
think of her, and how she compared with other women. 
The fact that she could ride in a carriage, live in a fine 
home in Girard Avenue, visit such homes as those of the 
Cowperwoods and others, was of great weight; and yet, 
even at this age, she realized that life was more than 
these things. Many did not have them and lived. But 
these facts of wealth and advantage gripped her; and 
when she sat at the piano and played or rode in her car- 
riage or walked or stood before her mirror, she was con- 
scious of her figure, her charms, what they meant to men, 
how women envied her. Sometimes she looked at poor, 
hollow-chested or homely-faced girls and felt sorry for 
them; at other times she flared into inexplicable opposi- 
tion to some handsome girl or woman who dared to 
brazen her socially or physically. There were such girls 
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