Chapter 9

One day, while riding in Kitty and Whit Hoffman’s car, Julian and Caroline decided they would host a party on December 26. That was some time before the holidays—a day or two after the Lafayette-Lehigh football weekend. Caroline and Kitty worked on the guest list and sent it to the Standard society column. Now Julian, as he leaves Caroline after fighting outside of her mother’s house, thinks he will have to face his father and Harry and other stockholders in his company. They will have to save him from bankruptcy. Julian decides that he will go home and take the rest of the day off. Breaking the appointment he had made with Lute will be a payoff to himself for the hell he will have to face in front of those people, especially his father. He thinks of all the bad things he has done during the last two days and realizes that the lawyers he fought against that afternoon at the club are Polish and therefore Catholics. This will reinforce people’s perception that Julian discriminates against Catholics. Of all the things that have happened, the worst is to have discovered that Froggy Ogden has hated him ever since Julian and Caroline got married. He wonders if his other friends hate him too. At home, as he falls asleep on the couch, he thinks of Mary, the Polish girl he was in love with. The doorbell wakes him up. It’s Miss Cartwright from the Standard. She wanted to get an accurate list of guests for the paper, but now that she knows the party has been cancelled she wants to know the reason. Julian offers her a drink, and they chat. They continue to drink and begin to flirt. When Julian notices Miss Cartwright’s self-confidence, he is disappointed. He likes to seduce women and feel superior to them. He thinks that Miss Cartwright’s looks and social status don’t entitle her to such self-confidence. They kiss, but Miss Cartwright refuses to take things any further and leaves. Julian drinks himself into a daze. He thinks that no...

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