"To get my college education." Dennie smiled, hopefully. "I like the nice things and nice ways of life. So I'm working for them."
"Elinor has all these without working for them," Vincent thought.
Then for no reason at all his mind leaped to Dennie's father and his own vow on the stormy night in October.
"What would you do if your father were taken from you, Miss Dennie?" he asked.
"I've always had to depend on myself somewhat. I would keep on, I suppose." Dennie looked up bravely. Her father was her joy and her shame.
Well, what had Burgess expected? That she would depend on him? He was in love with Elinor Wream. Why should he feel disappointed? And why should his eye follow the soft little ripples of her sunny hair, giving a pretty outline to her face and neck.
"Could you really take care of yourself? He was talking at random.
"I might do like that woman out at Pigeon Place." Burgess did n't catch the pathos in Dennie's tone. He was only a man.