This text is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner.
He would have liked to move around her house and examine all its icons, or to hang over the front windowsill with her and make remarks about the dress and gait of passing pedestrians; but he wanted also to get her outside and on to his own turf, into public places where no-one was host and no-one guest, where everything had a price, where he could get what he wanted, pay for it, and keep moving in long, effortless, curving afternoons unsnagged by obligation or haste: the idea of destination meant almost as little to him as it did to Billy.
‘I’m supposed to be on my way to work,’ he said.
‘I thought you only worked at night.’
‘Something came up.’
‘Are you worried about getting there on time?’
‘No. I’m just worried about being comfortable.’
‘Did you say “comfortable”?’ said Athena.
‘Yes, I did. But I didn’t mean it.’
That was his way of talking. When she pressed him he was not there. Like most women she possessed, for good or ill, a limitless faculty for adjustment. She felt him give; she let herself melt, drift, take the measure of his new position, and harden again into an appropriate configuration. There was something to be got here, if only she could . . .
As a non-native English speaker, I want to know am I getting well the meaning of this part, because I am not sure.
Does "When she pressed him he was not there" mean: when she asked him some question he did not like it his answer was unclear or in a way to escape the question?
Does "she possessed a limitless faculty for adjustment" mean: For being as Knowledgeable as he, she urged herself to learn everything?
And does "She felt him give; she let herself melt, drift, take the measure of his new position, and harden again into an appropriate configuration. There was something to be got here" mean: she felt him generous; she wanted to know carefully about his new position (his new attitude) and then became less strict and less sympathetic to him. There was something mysterious she had to know it?
she felt him give is really unclear to me.