Paragraph 24: “The picture of the tragedian stood enframed upon her desk. Any one may possess the portrait of a tragedian without exciting suspicion or comment. (This was a sinister reflection which she cherished.) In the presence of others she expressed admiration for his exalted gifts, as she handed the photograph around and dwelt upon the fidelity of the likeness. When alone she sometimes picked it up and kissed the cold glass passionately”.
What does the word “ardor” most closely mean as it is used in paragraph 24?
A. Compatibility; likeness
B. Fatefulness; destiny
C. Energy; vigor
D. Passion; enthusiasm