Chapter 42 Summary

Raymond eventually gives in to Undine’s requests to spend time in Paris. However, he stipulates that they follow very strict rules, most of which involve sticking to his budget. There will be no extravagances. For example, they cannot afford to provide dinners for their friends. When Undine suggests that they invite only small groups of special friends, Raymond tells her this would be insulting to all the people they cannot afford to ask, so Undine must relinquish all plans to entertain in her home. This restriction does not prevent them from attending other people’s parties, Raymond informs her.

At first Undine is satisfied with this arrangement. In time, though, she realizes that the only dinners to which they are...

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