11 Pages

Roger Cutter (4)

ByLouis Auchincloss

The Lassiter Troys gave their larger dinner parties on Saturdays, and nobody in Seal Cove presumed to entertain on that night without first checking to see if it were clear. There was always a strong nucleus of the principal Troy friends at Troy parties, but the addition of weekend house guests, sometimes very important persons, gave the needed variety. Dinner in the big room with all the antlers and fangs was served from a buffet, and the guests seated themselves as they chose, at three long tables. Gladys might have made a mistake, but it did not take her more than a minute to change her tactics, recover lost ground and carry the campaign deep into enemy territory. Society people arrange the outward appearance of their lives so as to make the observer think they are not only attractive but virtuous.