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Lucy Kaufman

Abstract

It was generally considered a privilege to be among Mrs. Howard Wonderly, Junior's guests on any occasion. Her social gatherings were frequented by only those who moved in the most elite circles, and each affair shone as a sterling example of infallible taste and unsurpassed propriety. With magnificence the smooth black limousines would draw up before the heavy door, and immaculate chauffeurs would leap from their vehicles and commit the ennobled visitors to polished doormen. With faultless execution, the pompous dinners would be served to the assembled group of gourmets. With carefully voiced thanks, spoken in exactly the proper phrases, and at precisely the prudent moment, the guests would depart, and the heavy door would be closed gently behind them.

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