Summary (Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition)
As the story opens, Oliver Leahy is taking Ginny to some exclusive shops on New York City’s Madison Avenue to buy for her what he calls “an appropriate outfit.” For what it is appropriate, Ginny does not know, but she takes great pleasure in the several hours of shopping. Ginny is very attractive, the kind of woman it would be hard for a man not to find captivating, though she seems unaware of that. Indeed, she is a rather young model.
It is only after the reader has finished the story, reflected on it, and considered the reverberations of the title, “Nairobi,” that he or she comes to understand what is taking place. Ginny is innocently to get some information for Oliver. The information will come (although she will not know that) from Herbert Crews as a tribute to her beauty. Crews is highly placed in the Zieboldt Foundation, which has money to give away or invest.
In the first shop, Ginny loves a green velvet jumpsuit, but whether to buy it is not her decision, and Oliver chooses for her a navy blue blazer and a white pleated skirt, both in Irish linen, and a pale blue silk blouse. Oliver tells the clerk to take the tags off, that she will wear the clothes, and the clerk wraps Ginny’s old clothes in a bundle. Out in the street, Ginny looks at herself in the shop windows and finds her image strange but not unpleasing. Oliver compliments her, saying that she looks like a convent schoolgirl.
In a jewelry boutique, Oliver...
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