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Parading her at the opera.
Sitting her next to May Welland.|It's all very odd.
Well, she's had such an odd life.
Will they bring her|to the Beauforts' ball?
If they do, the talk|will be of little else.
Good evening, Mrs. Welland, May.
You know my niece, Countess Olenska.
I hope you've told Madame Olenska.
That we're engaged.
I want everybody to know.
Let me announce it at the ball.
If you can persuade Mama.
How this brings it all back to me.
You were horrid.
But it was Vandy, who never|looked at me, that I loved.
- You have been away a very long time.|- Centuries and centuries.
So long, I'm sure I'm dead|and this dear place is heaven.
...in the same way.
New York then knew|that a half-hour later...
...the Beauforts' annual|opera ball would begin.
...even more quickly|than they want to get to it.
The Beauforts' house was one of|the few in New York with a ballroom.
Such a room, shuttered in darkness|364 days of the year...
But her husband, Julius,|who passed for an Englishman...
...and mysterious antecedents.
...but not necessarily respect.
...but came directly to the ball.
He wanted the announcement|of his engagement...
...could one see|The Return of Spring...
...the much-discussed nude|by Bouguereau...
Archer enjoyed such challenges|to convention.
...but in public he upheld|family and tradition.
This was a world balanced|so precariously...
He may even have envied them.
Lawrence Lefferts, for instance...
...was New York's foremost|authority on form.
His opinion on pumps|versus patent-leather oxfords...
...had never been disputed.
...his skills went unquestioned.
He carried, like a calling card...
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