1. “’It seems we have an audience, Miss Trent,’ Dain said. His voice dripped scorn. Coolly he pulled her bodice back up and yanked her skirts back down. There was nothing protective or gallant in the gesture. He made her feel as though, having had a look at and a sampling of what she had to offer, he’d decided it wasn’t worth having. She might have been a trumpery toy displayed upon Champtois’ counter, not worth a second glance.
“And that, Jessica understood as she took in the chilling expression on his countenance, was what he wanted those watching to think. He was going to throw her to the wolves. That was his revenge” (Chase 117).
Why does Dain come across as if he is ashamed of Jessica? Is he more concerned with his reputation than her feelings? Is there a reason why he addresses her as Miss Trent and not Jessica? How do you think Jessica feels about his reaction to the audience?
2. “It took her a moment to grasp the implications of the command, and in that moment the world seemed to grow marginally brighter and her heart a cautious degree lighter. She shifted sideways to scrutinize his glowering profile. ‘That sounds shockingly…protective.’
“‘I paid for you,’ he said coldly. ‘You’re mine. I look after what’s mine. I shouldn’t let Nick or Harry near him either.’
“‘By gad—do you mean to say I am as important a possession as your cattle?’ She pressed her hand to her heart. ‘Oh, Dain, you are too devastatingly romantic. I am altogether overcome.’
“He brought his full attention upon her for a moment, and his sullen gaze dropped to where her hand was. She hastily returned it to her lap” (Chase 149-50).
Why does Dain not openly admit his feelings for her? Does her witty comments inhibit Dain from declaring his love? Is there a reason behind Jessica moving her hands so that the focus isn’t on her chest? Is she secretly hurt by his comment of buying her?
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