1 The rings sparkled upon her fingers.
2 Her eyebrows were a shade darker than her hair.
3 They were thick and almost horizontal, emphasizing the depth of her eyes.
4 When Mrs. Pontellier folded the letter it was time for her to dress for the early dinner.
5 Mrs. Pontellier's eyes were quick and bright; they were a yellowish brown, about the color of her hair.
6 She read a letter from her sister, who was away in the East, and who had engaged herself to be married.
7 Looking at them reminded her of her rings, which she had given to her husband before leaving for the beach.
8 She slipped them upon her fingers; then clasping her knees, she looked across at Robert and began to laugh.
9 "Well, send him about his business when he bores you, Edna," instructed her husband as he prepared to leave.
10 Farther down, before one of the cottages, a lady in black was walking demurely up and down, telling her beads.
11 "I see Leonce isn't coming back," she said, with a glance in the direction whence her husband had disappeared.
12 She held up her hands, strong, shapely hands, and surveyed them critically, drawing up her fawn sleeves above the wrists.
13 He talked to her while he undressed, telling her anecdotes and bits of news and gossip that he had gathered during the day.
14 Mrs. Pontellier talked about her father's Mississippi plantation and her girlhood home in the old Kentucky bluegrass country.
15 She silently reached out to him, and he, understanding, took the rings from his vest pocket and dropped them into her open palm.
16 Now, flanked by its dozen or more cottages, which were always filled with exclusive visitors from the "Quartier Francais," it enabled Madame Lebrun to maintain the easy and comfortable existence which appeared to be her birthright.
17 When Mrs. Pontellier left him to enter her room, the young man descended the steps and strolled over toward the croquet players, where, during the half-hour before dinner, he amused himself with the little Pontellier children, who were very fond of him.
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