She was incited to inflame attention and admiration. She was dressed for it, subtly schooled for it. And after a while she gave herself up wholly to the fascinating business of being seen, gaped at, desired. “

Gape (Verb)

To gaze stupidly or in open mouthed surprise or wonder

Helga was excited about her new clothes. She was infatuated with the idea that men would now be paying her more attention. This was a change for her. Helga was sure that her new appearance would shock everyone.

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