There was an uncomfortable silence in the room, or rather, there was a roomful of silent, uncomfortable women.
The silence soon ended.
"Since most of us have decided to spend an evening at Guido's Gay Nineties," Olivia said, "I doubt that
we have a problem with Eustace being related to the lady"
"Some lady," Winifred sniffed.
"To the lady," Olivia repeated, with a distinct emphasis on the word lady, "who plays the piano there."
"Well, I think," Winifred said, "that Eustace Belford should be asked to resign from the club. In fact," she went on,
"if I were the president, I would demand her resignation."
"You are not the president," Eloise reminded her. "I am, and I have no intention of asking Eustace to
"In that case, I resign. I refuse to be associated any longer with a club that
would frequent a place like Guido's Gay Nineties."
"You have no idea what sort of a place it is," Eustace pointed out.
"And do you?" Winifred challenged. "Have you ever been there?"
"No," Eustace had to admit, resolving to rectify that.
That night, Rose was surprised to see Eustace's chauffeur, Emil, escort her into Giddy's.