The Blues I'm Playing Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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• The story begins with the introduction of Oceola Jones, the pianist, and Mrs. Dora Ellsworth, the wealthy patroness.

• Mrs. Ellsworth buys Oceola a grand piano and pays for her apartment on the Left Bank in Paris.

• Mrs. Ellsworth is a rich widow with no children, and she has lost interest in her own life, so she throws herself into the art of others.

• Mrs. Ellsworth lives in New York City and spends her time visiting the artists she has under her patronage.

• She relies on her intuitive sense to help her pick her protégées, since the line between art and the artist is unclear to her.

• She takes no interest in a talented soprano who smells of garlic and has a 'sallow' complexion.

• She regrets this discriminatory decision after the soprano wins critical praise.

• Mrs. Ellsworth has no doubt when she decided to be a...

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