But the conversation under such conditions must be very trying. And then they flirt so sweetly! so idyllicly! It has been our privilege to see real peasantry flirt, and it has always struck us as a singularly solid and substantial affair makes one think, somehow, of a steam-roller flirting with a cow but on the stage it is so sylph-like.
She just drew near, talked to him of stage work and her plays and her ambitions. She sketched him as she had Cowperwood and others, and one day Cowperwood found three studies of Forbes Gurney in her note-book idyllicly done, a note of romantic feeling about them. "Who is this?" he asked. "Oh, he's a young poet who comes up to the Players Forbes Gurney. He's so charming; he's so pale and dreamy."
It was during this interregnum that Cowperwood for the first time clearly began to get the idea that there was a marked difference between him and Aileen intellectually and spiritually; and that while he might be in accord with her in many ways emotionally, physically, idyllicly there were, nevertheless, many things which he could do alone which she could not do heights to which he could rise where she could not possibly follow.