If Gillian's girlfriend is Miss Lotta Lorial, how is it that he loves Miss Hayden?

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Gillian has probably long been in love with Miss Hayden, but because she is his uncle's ward, he has not pursued her because he knows that his uncle, who considers him a "black sheep" in the family will not allow him to court Miss Hayden, whom he treasures.

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Gillian has probably long been in love with Miss Hayden, but because she is his uncle's ward, he has not pursued her because he knows that his uncle, who considers him a "black sheep" in the family will not allow him to court Miss Hayden, whom he treasures.

As a young gentleman of frivolous behavior, Robert Gillian spends his time as other dandies (as such young men were called) and dallies with women in the theatre. At the turn of the twentieth century, actresses were not afforded high reputations for their rather daring occupation. For, they were out in the public arena when ladies were at home or in limited social circles. In addition, their reputation for being loose women was at times deserved as they were not above accepting financial support or expensive gifts for their "favors" from wealthy gentlemen. After all, in the 1900's, their profession was not one in which they were paid well.

That Miss Lauriere exploits Gillian for monetary reasons rather than love becomes apparent when she is more concerned about her costume than listening to him. Further, his offer of "a little thing in the pendant line" is only worth anything to her if it surpasses the necklace from Tiffany's that another actress, Della Stacey" has worn. After his offer is rejected, Gillian does not seem to mind as he "strolled" outside to return to his waiting cab, an indication that he feels no love for Miss Lauriere. 

 

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