Romance novel set at the beginning of the 20th century.
The weary salesgirls were hurrying out of the rapidly darkening store of Hardman & Son.
It was after ten o’clock at night, and all the other stores on Sixth Avenue had already closed.
Hardman & Son were always last to release their tired workers, as if determined to get just a little more than they paid for in labor.
And, as usual, they had been the first to begin the late hours of the Christmas season, so that this night the avenue was almost deserted, except for the throngs that poured from the great store.
This way and that the girls hurried, some going east. [sic] some west, some north, and others south.
As much as possible, they went in pairs; for when they left the well-lighted avenue to enter the gloomier side streets, at that hour of the night, a girl naturally felt timid when alone.