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Part OneTHE GILDED AFFAIROld families last not three oaks.
--SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Urn BurialPrologue(FROM THE DIARIES OF AUGUSTA HILLYARD)Friday, May 30, 1902It is quite scandalous how late I have lain abed this morning. Eugene was up and about his business at his usual early hour, but I was not equal to anything more than lying here in a beam of warm sunshine, snug under the coverlet, and indulging my remembrance of the events of last evening. A woman wonders whether she wishes the milestones of her life to be so publicly celebrated, although everyone did say that