Generally, fashionable people wait until late in the fall to move back to New York City, but this year Lily returns in October, just a couple of weeks after her boring aunt returns from her own vacation. Lily has not received as many invitations this year as she normally does—a sign that everyone is bored with her. She has an open invitation to visit the Trenors at Bellomont, but she avoids going there because she does not know what Mr. Trenor may demand in exchange for his investment help.
On her first day home, Lily receives a visit from Mrs. Haffen, the maid who saw her...
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