Doctor Fox looked at Elizabeth as he chewed, and nodded and smiled. She must be nearly forty now, like Dex. Thank God they were never foolish enough to marry, though no doubt Dexter had poked her when they were students. He felt like laughing. She was quite plainly not the marrying kind. Children out of the question. He saw her wide open eyes, her nervous nostrils, her desire to impress, something fancy and successful about her, and yet he felt sure she was the kind of woman who’d throw round terms like theorthodox feminist position. He washed down the crumbs with a swig of coffee and waited for her to speak.
Does the sentence in bold refer to former sentence "her desire to impress" or is it separate and we can write it like this : He saw something fancy and successful about her and mean "He saw something attractive in her and it seems to him that she is successful in some aspects"?
Does "fancy" here is adjective and mean "attractive"? and I think the sentence in bold is separate from its former sentence.
Source: The Children's Bach by Helen Garner