|Louise Bourgeois - To Unravel a Torment|
Bertha Dorset was holding an informal supper and dance. She was forced to invite Lily Bart because she wanted the Duchess and Baron Du Roy to attend. She had been furious but was now over it and looking forward to her great success in getting these two people to come to her social event. She would take care of Lily in the near future when the Duchess and the Baron had returned to their travels.
The evening is festive, but not crowded, more an intimate gathering in honor of the two celebrities from Europe. There are a number of last year’s debutantes that have been invited to be presented to the Baron. Bertha hopes to be a matchmaker for one of them, to assure her a place in the society of Paris. A grateful girl will welcome her to her new place in the future.
“Lily, I would like to ask you a favor,” she requests.
“Of course, Bertha, what can I do for you?” says Lily.
“Well I would like you to advance a few of the younger women to ensure that the Baron notices them.”
Lily laughs saying, “Of course. I already promised Amelia that I would do so.”
So she calls the Duchess Amelia, does she, thought Bertha.
“Then I can count on you?”
“Absolutely,” replies Lily. “Consider it done. I have my eye on Lucinda Wetherall. What do you think?”
“Oh, she would be perfect. She is lovely and such an accomplished pianist, I know she will charm him.”
“Good. We are in agreement then, but I shall introduce him to the others so it will not look too contrived.”
“Oh, Lily, you are so good at all this. We have missed you lately. Don’t stay away so much,” Bertha says as she turns away to greet a new arrival.
I think if I can manage this, all will be well for me, thinks Lily.