Chapters 10-11 Summary
Drouet rents a three-room flat in one of the better neighborhoods of Chicago. He and Carrie move in together; he provides the young woman with a lifestyle far beyond her past experiences. She has every physical comfort, but she is psychologically tormented by the moral price she has paid for it. She is at leisure, she has no need for employment, and yet she is not truly happy. When she is alone, as she frequently is when Drouet is on one of his many business trips, the voice inside her head haunts her.
Drouet tells Carrie that he has invited a friend to come home with him some evening. He describes Hurstwood and tells Carrie that he has told him she is his wife. Carrie asks why they cannot truly get married. Drouet replies that they will as soon as he finishes up some “little deal” of his. He promises to marry her as soon as he returns from a trip to Denver in January. Carrie is not especially bothered by this because she does not love Drouet. In fact, she is not sure what she thinks of him. When Hurstwood arrives, Carrie is immediately impressed with him. He is more suave than Drouet is, and he is more attentive to her. The trio decides to play euchre, with Hurstwood helping Carrie to learn the game. He manages to let Carrie win. Hurstwood tells Drouet that, when Drouet is out of town on business, he will be sure to keep Carrie company. Drouet thanks him and thinks nothing of, or cares nothing for, the possibilities.
Carrie fights loneliness in her apartment as a “kept” woman. She befriends her neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Hale. Mr. Hale is the manager of a theater. Across the hall live a woman and her daughter, who is in Chicago to study music. Drouet comes home one evening to find that Carrie has been crying. He suggests that she stop and clearly has no idea of Carrie’s loneliness. Hurstwood wonders how Drouet attracted a woman so obviously above his worth. He sees Drouet dining with another woman. Drouet later gives him the story that she was an old acquaintance whom he could not shake. Hurstwood invites both Drouet and Carrie to go to the theater with him. Carrie protests that she is going to the Exposition with the woman and her daughter, but Drouet insists that she go with him. Carrie, Drouet, and Hurstwood go to the theater, where Hurstwood dominates the conversation. He thanks Carrie for saving him from a dreary evening.