This was not true, but it preyed on her fancy, and, com- 
bined with some derogatory remarks dropped by Owen 
and Callum at the dinner table, proved almost too much 
for her fiery, nervous disposition. The imaginary sight of 
the detective brought back all the shame of the clumsy 
method Butler had employed to track her down; and the 
curt observation of Owen—who was entirely unconscious 
of her relationship to Cowperwood—that so far as he could 
see the financier was getting about what he deserved, 
made her feel that her father had secretly confided in her 
brother, and that what the latter said was intended as a 
back-handed slap at her. This at once humiliated and 
infuriated her; but she made no move until she read on the 
morning of the tenth that Cowperwood's plea for a cer- 
tificate of reasonable doubt had been granted, and that 
he would once more, for the time being at least, be a free 
man. This gave her courage to do what she had long 
wanted to do, and that was to teach her father that she 
could get along without him and that he could not make 
her do anything that she did not want to do. She still 
had the two hundred dollars Cowperwood had given her 
at the time she thought she would leave before, and some 
additional cash of her own—perhaps three hundred and 
fifty dollars all told. This she thought would be sufficient 
to see her to the end of her adventure, or at least until 
such time as she could make some other arrangement for 
her personal well-being. From what she knew of the 
feeling of her family for her, she felt that the agony 
would all be on their side, not hers. Perhaps when her 
father saw how determined she was he would decide to 
let her alone and make peace with her. She was de- 
termined to try it, anyhow; and on the night when she 
knew that Cowperwood was free she stopped in at the 
Calligans' to say that she would be coming in a day or 
two, and to caution them to tell no one. To Mrs. Calligan 
she confided that because of the opposition of her parents 
to something she wanted to do she was very unhappy.