Part 2, Chapter 4 Summary

As Irene thinks back to the night of the dance, she realizes that as unimportant as the event seemed at the time, her life dramatically changed because of it. At the center of that great change in her life is Clare Kendry.

Since the dance, Clare is often with Irene. If Irene is busy, Clare comes to the house and visits with Irene’s sons. If the boys are not available, Clare goes to the kitchen and chats with the servants. On the occasions when Brian is there, she also spends time with him. And Brian does not complain. He even invites Clare to go with him to bridge parties and other public obligations he must attend when Irene is otherwise engaged or too tired to go out. Irene takes this in her stride, though she feels...

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