1. Explain the opening scene of the book.
The novel opens with the image of a young woman standing in the rain. It is evening, and she is only wearing a thin sweater. The woman appears to be poor and has lost her way. She is solicited by a man but sends him away.
2. Who is Rosemary?
Rosemary Fell is a wealthy debutante. She is engaged to Philip Alsop, the owner of a shipping business. Rosemary is, in general, a kind-hearted woman with good intentions. Rosemary loves to shop, hold luncheons, and spend time with her friends. She is looking forward to being married.
3. What is Rosemary's first stop? What does she purchase?
Rosemary goes to an antique shop, a regular stop on her route. The owner fawns over her as she clearly has money to spend. The man says he has saved something for Rosemary. He shows her an etched enamel box and delicately whispers the price into her ear. The man does the same with a silver letter opener. Rosemary jokes that the letter opener should be a useful tool.
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