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CoradellaCollegiateBookshelfEditions.SisterCarrie.TheodoreDreiser.ContentsOpenPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.netTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.netAbouttheauthorTheodoreHermanAlbertDreiser(July27,1871-Decem-ber28,1945)wasanAmericannaturalistauthorknownfordeal-ingwiththegrittyrealityoflife.DreiserwasborninSullivan,Indiana.From1889-1890,heat-tendedIndianaUniversityatBloomingtonbeforeflunkingout.Withinacoupleofyears,hewaswritingfortheChicagoGlobeandthentheSt.LouisGlobe-Democrat.In1892hemarriedSaraWhite.Althoughtheyseparatedin1909,theywereneverformallydivorced.Hisfirstnovel,SisterCarrie(1900),toldthestoryofawomanwhofledhercountrylifeforthecity(Chicago)andfellintoawaywardlifeofsin.Thepublisherdidlittletopromotethebook,anditsoldpoorly.Dreisertookajobeditingwomen'smagazinesuntilhewasforcedtoresignin1910becauseofaninter-officeromance.Hissecondnovel,JennieGerhardtwaspublishedthefollowingyear.ManyofDreiser'ssubsequentnovelsdealtwithsocialinequality.HisfirstcommercialsuccesswasAnAmericanTragedy(1925),whichwasmadeintoafilmin1931andagainin1951.OtherworksincludetheTrilogyofDesireaboutFrankCowperwood,afictionalizedversionofCharlesYerkes:TheFinancier(1912),TheTitan(1914),andTheStoic(completedposthumouslyin1947).In2001,twoofhisbooks,SisterCarrieandAnAmericanTragedy,werenamedtothelistofthe100bestEnglish-languagenovelsofthe20thcenturybytheeditorialboardoftheAmericanModernLibrary.TheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.netContentsClickonanumberinthechapterlisttogotothefirstpageofthatchapter.Note:ThebestwaytoreadthisebookisinFullScreenmode:clickView,FullScreentosetAdobeAcrobattoFullScreenView.ThismodeallowsyoutousePageDowntogotothenextpage,andaffordsthebestreadingview.PressEscapetoexittheFullScreenView.Chapter1.Chapter2.Chapter3.Chapter4.Chapter5.Chapter6.Chapter7.Chapter8.Chapter9.Chapter10.Chapter11.Chapter12.Chapter13.Chapter14.Chapter15.Chapter16.Chapter17.Chapter18.Chapter19.Chapter20.Chapter21.Chapter22.Chapter23.Chapter24.Chapter25.Chapter26.Chapter27.Chapter28.Chapter29.Chapter30.Chapter31.Chapter32.Chapter33.Chapter34.Chapter35.Chapter36.Chapter37.Chapter38.Chapter39.Chapter40.Chapter41.Chapter42.Chapter43.Chapter44.Chapter45.Chapter46.Chapter47.TheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net1SisterCarrie.Chapter1.Themagnetattracting:awifeamidforces.WhenCarolineMeeberboardedtheafternoontrainforChicago,hertotaloutfitconsistedofasmalltrunk,acheapimitationalligator-skinsatchel,asmalllunchinapaperbox,andayellowleathersnappurse,containingherticket,ascrapofpaperwithhersister’saddressinVanBurenStreet,andfourdollarsinmoney.ItwasinAugust,1889.Shewaseigh-teenyearsofage,bright,timid,andfulloftheillusionsofignoranceandyouth.Whatevertouchofregretatpartingcharacterisedherthoughts,itwascertainlynotforadvantagesnowbeinggivenup.Agushoftearsathermother’sfarewellkiss,atouchinherthroatwhenthecarsclackedbytheflourmillwhereherfatherworkedbytheday,apatheticsighasthefamiliargreenenvironsofthevillagepassedinreview,andtheNOTICECopyright2004thewritedirection.netPleasenotethatalthoughthetextofthisebookisinthepublicdomain,thispdfeditionisacopyrightedpublication.FORCOMPLETEDETAILS,SEECOLLEGEBOOKSHELF.NET/COPYRIGHTSTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net32threadswhichboundhersolightlytogirlhoodandhomewereirretrievablybroken.Tobesuretherewasalwaysthenextstation,whereonemightdescendandreturn.Therewasthegreatcity,boundmorecloselybytheseverytrainswhichcameupdaily.Co-lumbiaCitywasnotsoveryfaraway,evenonceshewasinChicago.What,pray,isafewhours—afewhundredmiles?Shelookedatthelittleslipbearinghersister’saddressandwondered.Shegazedatthegreenlandscape,nowpassinginswiftreview,untilherswifterthoughtsreplaceditsimpres-sionwithvagueconjecturesofwhatChicagomightbe.Whenagirlleavesherhomeateighteen,shedoesoneoftwothings.Eithershefallsintosavinghandsandbecomesbetter,orsherapidlyassumesthecosmopolitanstandardofvirtueandbecomesworse.Ofanintermediatebalance,underthecircumstances,thereisnopossibility.Thecityhasitscun-ningwiles,nolessthantheinfinitelysmallerandmorehu-mantempter.Therearelargeforceswhichallurewithallthesoulfulnessofexpressionpossibleinthemostculturedhu-man.Thegleamofathousandlightsisoftenaseffectiveasthepersuasivelightinawooingandfascinatingeye.Halftheundoingoftheunsophisticatedandnaturalmindisaccom-plishedbyforceswhollysuperhuman.Ablareofsound,aroaroflife,avastarrayofhumanhives,appealtotheaston-ishedsensesinequivocalterms.Withoutacounsellorathandtowhispercautiousinterpretations,whatfalsehoodsmaynotthesethingsbreatheintotheunguardedear!Unrecognisedforwhattheyare,theirbeauty,likemusic,toooftenrelaxes,thenweakens,thenpervertsthesimplerhumanperceptions.Caroline,orSisterCarrie,asshehadbeenhalfaffection-atelytermedbythefamily,waspossessedofamindrudimen-taryinitspowerofobservationandanalysis.Self-interestwithherwashigh,butnotstrong.Itwas,nevertheless,herguidingcharacteristic.Warmwiththefanciesofyouth,prettywiththeinsipidprettinessoftheformativeperiod,possessedofafigurepromisingeventualshapelinessandaneyealightwithcertainnativeintelligence,shewasafairexampleofthemiddleAmericanclass—twogenerationsremovedfromtheemigrant.Bookswerebeyondherinterest—knowledgeasealedbook.Intheintuitivegracesshewasstillcrude.Shecouldscarcelytossherheadgracefully.Herhandswereal-mostineffectual.Thefeet,thoughsmall,weresetflatly.Andyetshewasinterestedinhercharms,quicktounderstandthekeenerpleasuresoflife,ambitioustogaininmaterialthings.Ahalf-equippedlittleknightshewas,venturingtoreconnoi-trethemysteriouscityanddreamingwilddreamsofsomevague,far-offsupremacy,whichshouldmakeitpreyandsub-ject—theproperpenitent,grovellingatawoman’sslipper.“That,”saidavoiceinherear,“isoneoftheprettiestlittleresortsinWisconsin.”“Isit?”sheanswerednervously.ThetrainwasjustpullingoutofWaukesha.ForsomeTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net54timeshehadbeenconsciousofamanbehind.Shefelthimobservinghermassofhair.Hehadbeenfidgetting,andwithnaturalintuitionshefeltacertaininterestgrowinginthatquarter.Hermaidenlyreserve,andacertainsenseofwhatwasconventionalunderthecircumstances,calledhertoforestallanddenythisfamiliarity,butthedaringandmagnetismoftheindividual,bornofpastexperiencesandtriumphs,pre-vailed.Sheanswered.Heleanedforwardtoputhiselbowsuponthebackofherseatandproceededtomakehimselfvolublyagreeable.“Yes,thatisagreatresortforChicagopeople.Thehotelsareswell.Youarenotfamiliarwiththispartofthecountry,areyou?”“Oh,yes,Iam,”answeredCarrie.“Thatis,IliveatCo-lumbiaCity.Ihaveneverbeenthroughhere,though.”“AndsothisisyourfirstvisittoChicago,”heobserved.Allthetimeshewasconsciousofcertainfeaturesoutofthesideofhereye.Flush,colourfulcheeks,alightmous-tache,agreyfedorahat.Shenowturnedandlookeduponhiminfull,theinstinctsofself-protectionandcoquetrymin-glingconfusedlyinherbrain.“Ididn’tsaythat,”shesaid.“Oh,”heanswered,inaverypleasingwayandwithanassumedairofmistake,“Ithoughtyoudid.”Herewasatypeofthetravellingcanvasserforamanufac-turinghouse—aclasswhichatthattimewasfirstbeingdubbedbytheslangoftheday“drummers.”Hecamewithinthemeaningofastillnewerterm,whichhadsprungintogeneraluseamongAmericansin1880,andwhichconciselyexpressedthethoughtofonewhosedressormannersarecal-culatedtoelicittheadmirationofsusceptibleyoungwomen—a“masher.”Hissuitwasofastripedandcrossedpatternofbrownwool,newatthattime,butsincebecomefamiliarasabusinesssuit.Thelowcrotchofthevestrevealedastiffshirtbosomofwhiteandpinkstripes.Fromhiscoatsleevespro-trudedapairoflinencuffsofthesamepattern,fastenedwithlarge,goldplatebuttons,setwiththecommonyellowagatesknownas“cat’s-eyes.”Hisfingersboreseveralrings—one,theever-enduringheavyseal—andfromhisvestdangledaneatgoldwatchchain,fromwhichwassuspendedthesecretinsigniaoftheOrderofElks.Thewholesuitwasrathertight-fitting,andwasfinishedoffwithheavy-soledtanshoes,highlypolished,andthegreyfedorahat.Hewas,fortheorderofintellectrepresented,attractive,andwhateverhehadtorec-ommendhim,youmaybesurewasnotlostuponCarrie,inthis,herfirstglance.Lestthisorderofindividualshouldpermanentlypass,letmeputdownsomeofthemoststrikingcharacteristicsofhismostsuccessfulmannerandmethod.Goodclothes,ofcourse,werethefirstessential,thethingswithoutwhichhewasnoth-ing.Astrongphysicalnature,actuatedbyakeendesireforthefeminine,wasthenext.AmindfreeofanyconsiderationTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net76oftheproblemsorforcesoftheworldandactuatednotbygreed,butaninsatiableloveofvariablepleasure.Hismethodwasalwayssimple.Itsprincipalelementwasdaring,backed,ofcourse,byanintensedesireandadmirationforthesex.Lethimmeetwithayoungwomanonceandhewouldapproachherwithanairofkindlyfamiliarity,notunmixedwithplead-ing,whichwouldresultinmostcasesinatolerantacceptance.Ifsheshowedanytendencytocoquetryhewouldbeapttostraightenhertie,orifshe“tookup”withhimatall,tocallherbyherfirstname.Ifhevisitedadepartmentstoreitwastoloungefamiliarlyoverthecounterandasksomeleadingquestions.Inmoreexclusivecircles,onthetrainorinwaitingstations,hewentslower.Ifsomeseeminglyvulnerableobjectappearedhewasallattention—topassthecomplimentsoftheday,toleadthewaytotheparlorcar,carryinghergrip,or,failingthat,totakeaseatnextherwiththehopeofbeingabletocourthertoherdestination.Pillows,books,afootstool,theshadelowered;allthesefiguredinthethingswhichhecoulddo.If,whenshereachedherdestinationhedidnotalightandattendherbaggageforher,itwasbecause,inhisownestima-tion,hehadsignallyfailed.Awomanshouldsomedaywritethecompletephilosophyofclothes.Nomatterhowyoung,itisoneofthethingsshewhollycomprehends.Thereisanindescribablyfaintlineinthematterofman’sapparelwhichsomehowdividesforherthosewhoareworthglancingatandthosewhoarenot.Onceanindividualhaspassedthisfaintlineonthewaydownwardhewillgetnoglancefromher.Thereisanotherlineatwhichthedressofamanwillcausehertostudyherown.ThislinetheindividualatherelbownowmarkedforCarrie.Shebe-cameconsciousofaninequality.Herownplainbluedress,withitsblackcottontapetrimmings,nowseemedtohershabby.Shefeltthewornstateofhershoes.“Let’ssee,”hewenton,“Iknowquiteanumberofpeopleinyourtown.MorgenroththeclothierandGibsonthedrygoodsman.”“Oh,doyou?”sheinterrupted,arousedbymemoriesoflongingstheirshowwindowshadcosther.Atlasthehadaclewtoherinterest,andfolloweditdeftly.Inafewminuteshehadcomeaboutintoherseat.Hetalkedofsalesofclothing,histravels,Chicago,andtheamusementsofthatcity.“Ifyouaregoingthere,youwillenjoyitimmensely.Haveyourelatives?”“Iamgoingtovisitmysister,”sheexplained.“YouwanttoseeLincolnPark,”hesaid,“andMichiganBoulevard.Theyareputtingupgreatbuildingsthere.It’sasecondNewYork—great.Somuchtosee—theatres,crowds,finehouses—oh,you’lllikethat.”Therewasalittleacheinherfancyofallhedescribed.Herinsignificanceinthepresenceofsomuchmagnificencefaintlyaffectedher.SherealisedthatherswasnottobeaTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net98roundofpleasure,andyettherewassomethingpromisinginallthematerialprospecthesetforth.Therewassomethingsatisfactoryintheattentionofthisindividualwithhisgoodclothes.Shecouldnothelpsmilingashetoldherofsomepopularactressofwhomsheremindedhim.Shewasnotsilly,andyetattentionofthissorthaditsweight.“YouwillbeinChicagosomelittletime,won’tyou?”heobservedatoneturnofthenoweasyconversation.“Idon’tknow,”saidCarrievaguely—aflashvisionofthepossibilityofhernotsecuringemploymentrisinginhermind.“Severalweeks,anyhow,”hesaid,lookingsteadilyintohereyes.Therewasmuchmorepassingnowthanthemerewordsindicated.Herecognisedtheindescribablethingthatmadeupforfascinationandbeautyinher.Sherealisedthatshewasofinteresttohimfromtheonestandpointwhichawomanbothdelightsinandfears.Hermannerwassimple,thoughfortheveryreasonthatshehadnotyetlearnedthemanylittleaffectationswithwhichwomenconcealtheirtruefeel-ings.Somethingsshedidappearedbold.Aclevercompanion—hadsheeverhadone—wouldhavewarnedhernevertolookamanintheeyessosteadily.“Whydoyouask?”shesaid.“Well,I’mgoingtobethereseveralweeks.I’mgoingtostudystockatourplaceandgetnewsamples.Imightshowyou‘round.”“Idon’tknowwhetheryoucanornot.ImeanIdon’tknowwhetherIcan.Ishallbelivingwithmysister,and—”“Well,ifsheminds,we’llfixthat.”Hetookouthispencilandalittlepocketnote-bookasifitwereallsettled.“Whatisyouraddressthere?”Shefumbledherpursewhichcontainedtheaddressslip.Hereacheddowninhishippocketandtookoutafatpurse.Itwasfilledwithslipsofpaper,somemileagebooks,arollofgreenbacks.Itimpressedherdeeply.Suchapursehadneverbeencarriedbyanyoneattentivetoher.Indeed,anexperiencedtraveller,abriskmanoftheworld,hadnevercomewithinsuchcloserangebefore.Thepurse,theshinytanshoes,thesmartnewsuit,andtheairwithwhichhedidthings,builtupforheradimworldoffortune,ofwhichhewasthecentre.Itdisposedherpleasantlytowardallhemightdo.Hetookoutaneatbusinesscard,onwhichwasengravedBartlett,Caryoe&Company,anddownintheleft-handcor-ner,Chas.H.Drouet.“That’sme,”hesaid,puttingthecardinherhandandtouchinghisname.“It’spronouncedDrew-eh.OurfamilywasFrench,onmyfather’sside.”Shelookedatitwhileheputuphispurse.Thenhegotoutaletterfromabunchinhiscoatpocket.“ThisisthehouseItravelfor,”hewenton,pointingtoapictureonit,“cornerofStateandLake.”Therewasprideinhisvoice.Hefeltthatitwassomethingtobeconnectedwithsuchaplace,TheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net1110andhemadeherfeelthatway.“Whatisyouraddress?”hebeganagain,fixinghispenciltowrite.Shelookedathishand.“CarrieMeeber,”shesaidslowly.“Threehundredandfifty-fourWestVanBurenStreet,careS.C.Hanson.”Hewroteitcarefullydownandgotoutthepurseagain.“You’llbeathomeifIcomearoundMondaynight?”hesaid.“Ithinkso,”sheanswered.Howtrueitisthatwordsarebutthevagueshadowsofthevolumeswemean.Littleaudiblelinks,theyare,chainingto-gethergreatinaudiblefeelingsandpurposes.Herewerethesetwo,bandyinglittlephrases,drawingpurses,lookingatcards,andbothunconsciousofhowinarticulatealltheirrealfeel-ingswere.Neitherwaswiseenoughtobesureoftheworkingofthemindoftheother.Hecouldnottellhowhisluringsucceeded.Shecouldnotrealisethatshewasdrifting,untilhesecuredheraddress.Nowshefeltthatshehadyieldedsomething—he,thathehadgainedavictory.Alreadytheyfeltthattheyweresomehowassociated.Alreadyhetookcon-trolindirectingtheconversation.Hiswordswereeasy.Hermannerwasrelaxed.TheywerenearingChicago.Signswereeverywherenu-merous.Trainsflashedbythem.Acrosswidestretchesofflat,openprairietheycouldseelinesoftelegraphpolesstalkingacrossthefieldstowardthegreatcity.Farawaywereindica-tionsofsuburbantowns,somebigsmokestackstoweringhighintheair.Frequentlythereweretwo-storyframehousesstandingoutintheopenfields,withoutfenceortrees,loneoutpostsoftheapproachingarmyofhomes.Tothechild,thegeniuswithimagination,orthewhollyuntravelled,theapproachtoagreatcityforthefirsttimeisawonderfulthing.Particularlyifitbeevening—thatmysticperiodbetweentheglareandgloomoftheworldwhenlifeischangingfromonesphereorconditiontoanother.Ah,thepromiseofthenight.Whatdoesitnotholdfortheweary!Whatoldillusionofhopeisnothereforeverrepeated!Saysthesoulofthetoilertoitself,“Ishallsoonbefree.Ishallbeinthewaysandthehostsofthemerry.Thestreets,thelamps,thelightedchambersetfordining,areforme.Thetheatre,thehalls,theparties,thewaysofrestandthepathsofsong—thesearemineinthenight.”Thoughallhumanitybestillenclosedintheshops,thethrillrunsabroad.Itisintheair.Thedullestfeelsomethingwhichtheymaynotalwaysex-pressordescribe.Itistheliftingoftheburdenoftoil.SisterCarriegazedoutofthewindow.Hercompanion,affectedbyherwonder,socontagiousareallthings,feltanewsomeinterestinthecityandpointedoutitsmarvels.“ThisisNorthwestChicago,”saidDrouet.“ThisistheChicagoRiver,”andhepointedtoalittlemuddycreek,crowdedwiththehugemastedwanderersfromfar-offwatersTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net1312nosingtheblack-postedbanks.Withapuff,aclang,andaclatterofrailsitwasgone.“Chicagoisgettingtobeagreattown,”hewenton.“It’sawonder.You’llfindlotstoseehere.”Shedidnothearthisverywell.Herheartwastroubledbyakindofterror.Thefactthatshewasalone,awayfromhome,rushingintoagreatseaoflifeandendeavour,begantotell.Shecould

Sister Carrie 英文.pdf

Sister Carrie 英文.pdf

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CoradellaCollegiateBookshelfEditions.SisterCarrie.TheodoreDreiser.ContentsOpenPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.netTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.netAbouttheauthorTheodoreHermanAlbertDreiser(July27,1871-Decem-ber28,1945)wasanAmericannaturalistauthorknownfordeal-ingwiththegrittyrealityoflife.DreiserwasborninSullivan,Indiana.From1889-1890,heat-tendedIndianaUniversityatBloomingtonbeforeflunkingout.Withinacoupleofyears,hewaswritingfortheChicagoGlobeandthentheSt.LouisGlobe-Democrat.In1892hemarriedSaraWhite.Althoughtheyseparatedin1909,theywereneverformallydivorced.Hisfirstnovel,SisterCarrie(1900),toldthestoryofawomanwhofledhercountrylifeforthecity(Chicago)andfellintoawaywardlifeofsin.Thepublisherdidlittletopromotethebook,anditsoldpoorly.Dreisertookajobeditingwomen'smagazinesuntilhewasforcedtoresignin1910becauseofaninter-officeromance.Hissecondnovel,JennieGerhardtwaspublishedthefollowingyear.ManyofDreiser'ssubsequentnovelsdealtwithsocialinequality.HisfirstcommercialsuccesswasAnAmericanTragedy(1925),whichwasmadeintoafilmin1931andagainin1951.OtherworksincludetheTrilogyofDesireaboutFrankCowperwood,afictionalizedversionofCharlesYerkes:TheFinancier(1912),TheTitan(1914),andTheStoic(completedposthumouslyin1947).In2001,twoofhisbooks,SisterCarrieandAnAmericanTragedy,werenamedtothelistofthe100bestEnglish-languagenovelsofthe20thcenturybytheeditorialboardoftheAmericanModernLibrary.TheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.netContentsClickonanumberinthechapterlisttogotothefirstpageofthatchapter.Note:ThebestwaytoreadthisebookisinFullScreenmode:clickView,FullScreentosetAdobeAcrobattoFullScreenView.ThismodeallowsyoutousePageDowntogotothenextpage,andaffordsthebestreadingview.PressEscapetoexittheFullScreenView.Chapter1.Chapter2.Chapter3.Chapter4.Chapter5.Chapter6.Chapter7.Chapter8.Chapter9.Chapter10.Chapter11.Chapter12.Chapter13.Chapter14.Chapter15.Chapter16.Chapter17.Chapter18.Chapter19.Chapter20.Chapter21.Chapter22.Chapter23.Chapter24.Chapter25.Chapter26.Chapter27.Chapter28.Chapter29.Chapter30.Chapter31.Chapter32.Chapter33.Chapter34.Chapter35.Chapter36.Chapter37.Chapter38.Chapter39.Chapter40.Chapter41.Chapter42.Chapter43.Chapter44.Chapter45.Chapter46.Chapter47.TheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net1SisterCarrie.Chapter1.Themagnetattracting:awifeamidforces.WhenCarolineMeeberboardedtheafternoontrainforChicago,hertotaloutfitconsistedofasmalltrunk,acheapimitationalligator-skinsatchel,asmalllunchinapaperbox,andayellowleathersnappurse,containingherticket,ascrapofpaperwithhersister’saddressinVanBurenStreet,andfourdollarsinmoney.ItwasinAugust,1889.Shewaseigh-teenyearsofage,bright,timid,andfulloftheillusionsofignoranceandyouth.Whatevertouchofregretatpartingcharacterisedherthoughts,itwascertainlynotforadvantagesnowbeinggivenup.Agushoftearsathermother’sfarewellkiss,atouchinherthroatwhenthecarsclackedbytheflourmillwhereherfatherworkedbytheday,apatheticsighasthefamiliargreenenvironsofthevillagepassedinreview,andtheNOTICECopyright2004thewritedirection.netPleasenotethatalthoughthetextofthisebookisinthepublicdomain,thispdfeditionisacopyrightedpublication.FORCOMPLETEDETAILS,SEECOLLEGEBOOKSHELF.NET/COPYRIGHTSTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net32threadswhichboundhersolightlytogirlhoodandhomewereirretrievablybroken.Tobesuretherewasalwaysthenextstation,whereonemightdescendandreturn.Therewasthegreatcity,boundmorecloselybytheseverytrainswhichcameupdaily.Co-lumbiaCitywasnotsoveryfaraway,evenonceshewasinChicago.What,pray,isafewhours—afewhundredmiles?Shelookedatthelittleslipbearinghersister’saddressandwondered.Shegazedatthegreenlandscape,nowpassinginswiftreview,untilherswifterthoughtsreplaceditsimpres-sionwithvagueconjecturesofwhatChicagomightbe.Whenagirlleavesherhomeateighteen,shedoesoneoftwothings.Eithershefallsintosavinghandsandbecomesbetter,orsherapidlyassumesthecosmopolitanstandardofvirtueandbecomesworse.Ofanintermediatebalance,underthecircumstances,thereisnopossibility.Thecityhasitscun-ningwiles,nolessthantheinfinitelysmallerandmorehu-mantempter.Therearelargeforceswhichallurewithallthesoulfulnessofexpressionpossibleinthemostculturedhu-man.Thegleamofathousandlightsisoftenaseffectiveasthepersuasivelightinawooingandfascinatingeye.Halftheundoingoftheunsophisticatedandnaturalmindisaccom-plishedbyforceswhollysuperhuman.Ablareofsound,aroaroflife,avastarrayofhumanhives,appealtotheaston-ishedsensesinequivocalterms.Withoutacounsellorathandtowhispercautiousinterpretations,whatfalsehoodsmaynotthesethingsbreatheintotheunguardedear!Unrecognisedforwhattheyare,theirbeauty,likemusic,toooftenrelaxes,thenweakens,thenpervertsthesimplerhumanperceptions.Caroline,orSisterCarrie,asshehadbeenhalfaffection-atelytermedbythefamily,waspossessedofamindrudimen-taryinitspowerofobservationandanalysis.Self-interestwithherwashigh,butnotstrong.Itwas,nevertheless,herguidingcharacteristic.Warmwiththefanciesofyouth,prettywiththeinsipidprettinessoftheformativeperiod,possessedofafigurepromisingeventualshapelinessandaneyealightwithcertainnativeintelligence,shewasafairexampleofthemiddleAmericanclass—twogenerationsremovedfromtheemigrant.Bookswerebeyondherinterest—knowledgeasealedbook.Intheintuitivegracesshewasstillcrude.Shecouldscarcelytossherheadgracefully.Herhandswereal-mostineffectual.Thefeet,thoughsmall,weresetflatly.Andyetshewasinterestedinhercharms,quicktounderstandthekeenerpleasuresoflife,ambitioustogaininmaterialthings.Ahalf-equippedlittleknightshewas,venturingtoreconnoi-trethemysteriouscityanddreamingwilddreamsofsomevague,far-offsupremacy,whichshouldmakeitpreyandsub-ject—theproperpenitent,grovellingatawoman’sslipper.“That,”saidavoiceinherear,“isoneoftheprettiestlittleresortsinWisconsin.”“Isit?”sheanswerednervously.ThetrainwasjustpullingoutofWaukesha.ForsomeTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net54timeshehadbeenconsciousofamanbehind.Shefelthimobservinghermassofhair.Hehadbeenfidgetting,andwithnaturalintuitionshefeltacertaininterestgrowinginthatquarter.Hermaidenlyreserve,andacertainsenseofwhatwasconventionalunderthecircumstances,calledhertoforestallanddenythisfamiliarity,butthedaringandmagnetismoftheindividual,bornofpastexperiencesandtriumphs,pre-vailed.Sheanswered.Heleanedforwardtoputhiselbowsuponthebackofherseatandproceededtomakehimselfvolublyagreeable.“Yes,thatisagreatresortforChicagopeople.Thehotelsareswell.Youarenotfamiliarwiththispartofthecountry,areyou?”“Oh,yes,Iam,”answeredCarrie.“Thatis,IliveatCo-lumbiaCity.Ihaveneverbeenthroughhere,though.”“AndsothisisyourfirstvisittoChicago,”heobserved.Allthetimeshewasconsciousofcertainfeaturesoutofthesideofhereye.Flush,colourfulcheeks,alightmous-tache,agreyfedorahat.Shenowturnedandlookeduponhiminfull,theinstinctsofself-protectionandcoquetrymin-glingconfusedlyinherbrain.“Ididn’tsaythat,”shesaid.“Oh,”heanswered,inaverypleasingwayandwithanassumedairofmistake,“Ithoughtyoudid.”Herewasatypeofthetravellingcanvasserforamanufac-turinghouse—aclasswhichatthattimewasfirstbeingdubbedbytheslangoftheday“drummers.”Hecamewithinthemeaningofastillnewerterm,whichhadsprungintogeneraluseamongAmericansin1880,andwhichconciselyexpressedthethoughtofonewhosedressormannersarecal-culatedtoelicittheadmirationofsusceptibleyoungwomen—a“masher.”Hissuitwasofastripedandcrossedpatternofbrownwool,newatthattime,butsincebecomefamiliarasabusinesssuit.Thelowcrotchofthevestrevealedastiffshirtbosomofwhiteandpinkstripes.Fromhiscoatsleevespro-trudedapairoflinencuffsofthesamepattern,fastenedwithlarge,goldplatebuttons,setwiththecommonyellowagatesknownas“cat’s-eyes.”Hisfingersboreseveralrings—one,theever-enduringheavyseal—andfromhisvestdangledaneatgoldwatchchain,fromwhichwassuspendedthesecretinsigniaoftheOrderofElks.Thewholesuitwasrathertight-fitting,andwasfinishedoffwithheavy-soledtanshoes,highlypolished,andthegreyfedorahat.Hewas,fortheorderofintellectrepresented,attractive,andwhateverhehadtorec-ommendhim,youmaybesurewasnotlostuponCarrie,inthis,herfirstglance.Lestthisorderofindividualshouldpermanentlypass,letmeputdownsomeofthemoststrikingcharacteristicsofhismostsuccessfulmannerandmethod.Goodclothes,ofcourse,werethefirstessential,thethingswithoutwhichhewasnoth-ing.Astrongphysicalnature,actuatedbyakeendesireforthefeminine,wasthenext.AmindfreeofanyconsiderationTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net76oftheproblemsorforcesoftheworldandactuatednotbygreed,butaninsatiableloveofvariablepleasure.Hismethodwasalwayssimple.Itsprincipalelementwasdaring,backed,ofcourse,byanintensedesireandadmirationforthesex.Lethimmeetwithayoungwomanonceandhewouldapproachherwithanairofkindlyfamiliarity,notunmixedwithplead-ing,whichwouldresultinmostcasesinatolerantacceptance.Ifsheshowedanytendencytocoquetryhewouldbeapttostraightenhertie,orifshe“tookup”withhimatall,tocallherbyherfirstname.Ifhevisitedadepartmentstoreitwastoloungefamiliarlyoverthecounterandasksomeleadingquestions.Inmoreexclusivecircles,onthetrainorinwaitingstations,hewentslower.Ifsomeseeminglyvulnerableobjectappearedhewasallattention—topassthecomplimentsoftheday,toleadthewaytotheparlorcar,carryinghergrip,or,failingthat,totakeaseatnextherwiththehopeofbeingabletocourthertoherdestination.Pillows,books,afootstool,theshadelowered;allthesefiguredinthethingswhichhecoulddo.If,whenshereachedherdestinationhedidnotalightandattendherbaggageforher,itwasbecause,inhisownestima-tion,hehadsignallyfailed.Awomanshouldsomedaywritethecompletephilosophyofclothes.Nomatterhowyoung,itisoneofthethingsshewhollycomprehends.Thereisanindescribablyfaintlineinthematterofman’sapparelwhichsomehowdividesforherthosewhoareworthglancingatandthosewhoarenot.Onceanindividualhaspassedthisfaintlineonthewaydownwardhewillgetnoglancefromher.Thereisanotherlineatwhichthedressofamanwillcausehertostudyherown.ThislinetheindividualatherelbownowmarkedforCarrie.Shebe-cameconsciousofaninequality.Herownplainbluedress,withitsblackcottontapetrimmings,nowseemedtohershabby.Shefeltthewornstateofhershoes.“Let’ssee,”hewenton,“Iknowquiteanumberofpeopleinyourtown.MorgenroththeclothierandGibsonthedrygoodsman.”“Oh,doyou?”sheinterrupted,arousedbymemoriesoflongingstheirshowwindowshadcosther.Atlasthehadaclewtoherinterest,andfolloweditdeftly.Inafewminuteshehadcomeaboutintoherseat.Hetalkedofsalesofclothing,histravels,Chicago,andtheamusementsofthatcity.“Ifyouaregoingthere,youwillenjoyitimmensely.Haveyourelatives?”“Iamgoingtovisitmysister,”sheexplained.“YouwanttoseeLincolnPark,”hesaid,“andMichiganBoulevard.Theyareputtingupgreatbuildingsthere.It’sasecondNewYork—great.Somuchtosee—theatres,crowds,finehouses—oh,you’lllikethat.”Therewasalittleacheinherfancyofallhedescribed.Herinsignificanceinthepresenceofsomuchmagnificencefaintlyaffectedher.SherealisedthatherswasnottobeaTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net98roundofpleasure,andyettherewassomethingpromisinginallthematerialprospecthesetforth.Therewassomethingsatisfactoryintheattentionofthisindividualwithhisgoodclothes.Shecouldnothelpsmilingashetoldherofsomepopularactressofwhomsheremindedhim.Shewasnotsilly,andyetattentionofthissorthaditsweight.“YouwillbeinChicagosomelittletime,won’tyou?”heobservedatoneturnofthenoweasyconversation.“Idon’tknow,”saidCarrievaguely—aflashvisionofthepossibilityofhernotsecuringemploymentrisinginhermind.“Severalweeks,anyhow,”hesaid,lookingsteadilyintohereyes.Therewasmuchmorepassingnowthanthemerewordsindicated.Herecognisedtheindescribablethingthatmadeupforfascinationandbeautyinher.Sherealisedthatshewasofinteresttohimfromtheonestandpointwhichawomanbothdelightsinandfears.Hermannerwassimple,thoughfortheveryreasonthatshehadnotyetlearnedthemanylittleaffectationswithwhichwomenconcealtheirtruefeel-ings.Somethingsshedidappearedbold.Aclevercompanion—hadsheeverhadone—wouldhavewarnedhernevertolookamanintheeyessosteadily.“Whydoyouask?”shesaid.“Well,I’mgoingtobethereseveralweeks.I’mgoingtostudystockatourplaceandgetnewsamples.Imightshowyou‘round.”“Idon’tknowwhetheryoucanornot.ImeanIdon’tknowwhetherIcan.Ishallbelivingwithmysister,and—”“Well,ifsheminds,we’llfixthat.”Hetookouthispencilandalittlepocketnote-bookasifitwereallsettled.“Whatisyouraddressthere?”Shefumbledherpursewhichcontainedtheaddressslip.Hereacheddowninhishippocketandtookoutafatpurse.Itwasfilledwithslipsofpaper,somemileagebooks,arollofgreenbacks.Itimpressedherdeeply.Suchapursehadneverbeencarriedbyanyoneattentivetoher.Indeed,anexperiencedtraveller,abriskmanoftheworld,hadnevercomewithinsuchcloserangebefore.Thepurse,theshinytanshoes,thesmartnewsuit,andtheairwithwhichhedidthings,builtupforheradimworldoffortune,ofwhichhewasthecentre.Itdisposedherpleasantlytowardallhemightdo.Hetookoutaneatbusinesscard,onwhichwasengravedBartlett,Caryoe&Company,anddownintheleft-handcor-ner,Chas.H.Drouet.“That’sme,”hesaid,puttingthecardinherhandandtouchinghisname.“It’spronouncedDrew-eh.OurfamilywasFrench,onmyfather’sside.”Shelookedatitwhileheputuphispurse.Thenhegotoutaletterfromabunchinhiscoatpocket.“ThisisthehouseItravelfor,”hewenton,pointingtoapictureonit,“cornerofStateandLake.”Therewasprideinhisvoice.Hefeltthatitwassomethingtobeconnectedwithsuchaplace,TheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net1110andhemadeherfeelthatway.“Whatisyouraddress?”hebeganagain,fixinghispenciltowrite.Shelookedathishand.“CarrieMeeber,”shesaidslowly.“Threehundredandfifty-fourWestVanBurenStreet,careS.C.Hanson.”Hewroteitcarefullydownandgotoutthepurseagain.“You’llbeathomeifIcomearoundMondaynight?”hesaid.“Ithinkso,”sheanswered.Howtrueitisthatwordsarebutthevagueshadowsofthevolumeswemean.Littleaudiblelinks,theyare,chainingto-gethergreatinaudiblefeelingsandpurposes.Herewerethesetwo,bandyinglittlephrases,drawingpurses,lookingatcards,andbothunconsciousofhowinarticulatealltheirrealfeel-ingswere.Neitherwaswiseenoughtobesureoftheworkingofthemindoftheother.Hecouldnottellhowhisluringsucceeded.Shecouldnotrealisethatshewasdrifting,untilhesecuredheraddress.Nowshefeltthatshehadyieldedsomething—he,thathehadgainedavictory.Alreadytheyfeltthattheyweresomehowassociated.Alreadyhetookcon-trolindirectingtheconversation.Hiswordswereeasy.Hermannerwasrelaxed.TheywerenearingChicago.Signswereeverywherenu-merous.Trainsflashedbythem.Acrosswidestretchesofflat,openprairietheycouldseelinesoftelegraphpolesstalkingacrossthefieldstowardthegreatcity.Farawaywereindica-tionsofsuburbantowns,somebigsmokestackstoweringhighintheair.Frequentlythereweretwo-storyframehousesstandingoutintheopenfields,withoutfenceortrees,loneoutpostsoftheapproachingarmyofhomes.Tothechild,thegeniuswithimagination,orthewhollyuntravelled,theapproachtoagreatcityforthefirsttimeisawonderfulthing.Particularlyifitbeevening—thatmysticperiodbetweentheglareandgloomoftheworldwhenlifeischangingfromonesphereorconditiontoanother.Ah,thepromiseofthenight.Whatdoesitnotholdfortheweary!Whatoldillusionofhopeisnothereforeverrepeated!Saysthesoulofthetoilertoitself,“Ishallsoonbefree.Ishallbeinthewaysandthehostsofthemerry.Thestreets,thelamps,thelightedchambersetfordining,areforme.Thetheatre,thehalls,theparties,thewaysofrestandthepathsofsong—thesearemineinthenight.”Thoughallhumanitybestillenclosedintheshops,thethrillrunsabroad.Itisintheair.Thedullestfeelsomethingwhichtheymaynotalwaysex-pressordescribe.Itistheliftingoftheburdenoftoil.SisterCarriegazedoutofthewindow.Hercompanion,affectedbyherwonder,socontagiousareallthings,feltanewsomeinterestinthecityandpointedoutitsmarvels.“ThisisNorthwestChicago,”saidDrouet.“ThisistheChicagoRiver,”andhepointedtoalittlemuddycreek,crowdedwiththehugemastedwanderersfromfar-offwatersTheodoreDreiser.SisterCarrie.ContentsPurchasetheentireCoradellaCollegiateBookshelfonCDathttp://collegebookshelf.net1312nosingtheblack-postedbanks.Withapuff,aclang,andaclatterofrailsitwasgone.“Chicagoisgettingtobeagreattown,”hewenton.“It’sawonder.You’llfindlotstoseehere.”Shedidnothearthisverywell.Herheartwastroubledbyakindofterror.Thefactthatshewasalone,awayfromhome,rushingintoagreatseaoflifeandendeavour,begantotell.Shecould
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