God only knows why Florie bothered to reassure her most important customer that she "crept in like a cat" at the start of this scene. Clay's relationship with her had to be the town's worst kept secret. After all, she stood in only her underclothes and a shawl on his balcony at the end of THE RETURN, in plain view of everyone watching the showdown between Call and the sheriff. Oh well, who cares so long as we get a plain view of their dalliances on occasion! Florie bares her claws in this moment of cat scratch fever, and though Clay has her eating out of his hand by the end of it, one might be hard-pressed to say who actually tamed who.