What is "rousing himself"? Did he pay great attention after her voice?
What do you mean by "struggle with a slight embarrassment"? And did he throw off the embarrassment after or before the struggle?
Hearts and Hands by O. Henry
"Well, Mr. Easton, if you will make me speak first, I suppose I must. Don't vou ever recognize old friends when you meet them in the West?"
The younger man roused himself sharply at the sound of her voice, seemed to struggle with a slight embarrassment which he threw off instantly, and then clasped her fingers with his left hand.