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overflow into Henry W.'s, was to be for all—the Tighes, 
Steners, Butlers, Mollenhauers, as well as the more select 
groups to which, for instance, belonged Arthur Rivers, 
Mrs. Seneca Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Trenor Drake, and some 
of the younger Drexels and Clarks, whom Frank had met. 
It was not likely that the latter would condescend, but 
cards had to be sent. Later in the evening the more 
purely social list was to be entertained, which included 
the friends of Anna, Mrs. Cowperwood, Edward, and 
Joseph, and any list which Frank might personally have 
in mind. This was to be the list. The best that could 
be persuaded, commanded, or influenced of the young 
and socially elect were to be invited here. 
It was not possible not to invite the Butlers, parents and 
children, particularly the children, though the presence 
of the parents, if they should by any chance take it into 
their heads to stay, would be most unsatisfactory. Even 
Aileen and Norah were a little unsatisfactory to Anna 
Cowperwood and Mrs. Frank; and these two, when they 
were together supervising the list of invitations, often 
talked about it. 
" She's so hoidenish," observed Anna, to her sister-in- 
law, when they came to the name of Aileen. " She thinks 
she knows so much, and she isn't a bit refined. Her 
father! Well, if I had her father I wouldn't talk so 
smart." 
Mrs. Cowperwood, who was before her secretaire in her 
new boudoir, lifted her eyebrows. 
" You know, Anna, I sometimes wish that Frank's 
business did not compel me to have to do with them. 
Mrs. Butler is such a bore. She means well enough, but 
she doesn't know anything. And Aileen is too rough. 
She's too forward, I think. She comes over here and 
plays upon the piano, particularly when Frank's here. I 
wouldn't mind so much for myself, but I know it must 
annoy him. All her pieces are so noisy. She never plays 
anything really delicate and refined." 
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