This extract comes from Galsworthy's novel entitled "The man of property" written in 1906.
The passage presents the reader with the description of Soames and his wife Irene' s dinner in their house. The author calls them "a happy pair" "a wife and a husband being one person". But is it the truth? It's just irony. During the meal they hadn't said a word. Only at the end of the passage Soames wanted to brake intolerable silence.
Irene was a beautiful woman. In the description of her appearance the author created a delicate portrait of Irene with the help of such epithets "amber-colored hair, fair skin and dark brown eyes and rosy light made her more attractive." She was so silent and pensive that Soames was annoyed. Probably she was keeping silence because she felt uncomfortable with her own husband. At the same time Soames couldn't understand the reason for it. And he didn't like it because like a true businessman he used to talk about his work and deals even at the diner time. Soames didn't like any exceptions. It meant that something was out of his control.
As the reader could noticed the author described the interior of dining room in detail to show Soames's character, his love for luxury (at the handsome rosewood table they dined without a cloth ) - as Galsworthy said "a distinguishing elegance" every thing on the table: "deep tints, the starry, soft-petalled roses, the ruby-coloured glass and quaint silver furnishing" made him happy and more vain.
The reader could see that there's complicated relations between them. Soames regarded Irene as a beautiful part of his collection included silver, pictures , houses, investments. And the reader feels it due to Soames's inner thoughts which the author gave us. He images a perfectly served table and Irene sat at it. This image gave him a feeling of superiority one of his lovely feelings. Also he regarded Irene as a thing which could be conquered and possessed and had a right to own. For him...