Summary (Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition)
The day begins badly. The narrator receives a letter from Aunt Emma in Bournemouth, reminding her of a promise to take her cousin Jessie to have her picture taken that afternoon. Aunt Emma, Jessie’s mother, wants the photos because she intends to show them to a television producer who visits his older brother in the boardinghouse where she and her daughter live. Aunt Emma hopes that Jessie will prove sufficiently photogenic to induce the producer to whisk her off to London to be a television star. Jessie is a broad-shouldered girl of about twenty-five who looks eighteen.
The narrator, forgetting all about the promise, has made other plans, which she is now obliged to cancel. She quickly tries to call off a date that she made with an American screenwriter named Bill. Bill, it seems, had some trouble with the House Committee on Un-American Activities, was black-listed, and could not find work in the United States. He is also having difficulty getting a permit to live in Great Britain. The narrator is trying to help him find a secretary and has gotten in touch with an old friend from South Africa, Beatrice, who is out of a job. The date was arranged to introduce the two. The narrator believes that these friends will get along because both have been involved in left-wing causes. (As she subsequently discovers, they prove not at all compatible.) It takes the narrator an hour to get in touch with Bill, only to discover that he has forgotten about the...
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