Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 218
The main characters in "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" are a couple, Frances and Michael Loomis, who have been married for five years. They are a young, affluent couple who live in Manhattan, and as the story opens, they are walking down Fifth Avenue toward Greenwich Village. As they walk along, Frances observes that Michael has a habit of looking at attractive women.
The story largely consists of the conversation that Frances and Michael have about his habit of looking at women. They sit in a restaurant drinking brandy brought by a Japanese waiter. Michael tells Frances that he finds other women attractive but assures her that he has never been unfaithful. Frances tells him that she thinks it is only a matter of time before he will be unfaithful, and he admits that he can't promise that it will never happen. After crying for a short time, Frances collects herself and tells him that she doesn't want to hear him making admiring comments about other women. She walks away from the table to call their friends, the Stevensons, with whom they will spend the rest of the day.
Besides Frances and Michael Loomis and their waiter, who doesn't speak, the only other characters are the myriad of women that pass the unhappy couple on their walk.