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As she lay in her berth, staring at the shadows overhead, the rush of the wheels was in her brain, driving her deeper and deeper into circles of wakeful lucidity. The sleeping-car had sunk into its night-silence. Through the wet window-pane she watched the sudden lights, the long stretches of hurrying blackness. Now and then she turned her head and looked through the opening in the hangings at her husband's curtains across the aisle She wondered restlessly if he wanted anything and if she could hear him if he called.
Archer cherishes Ellen in his mind and appreciates her as an idealistic icon. Archer is a romantic character and his adoration for Ellen is more of a Platonic, spiritual love.
talking to another man while married