Chapters 1-8* Bosworth describes the Russeks who emigrated from Poland and saved enough money to open a fur shop. * David Nemerov's family emigrated from Russia. * David worked in Russeks and fell in love with Gertrude, the owners' daughter. * The Russek family objected to Gertrude's marriage to David. * David is described as being obsessed with work and Gertrude as self-absorbed. * Diane and Howard were inseparable as children, and their parents realized they were both leaning towards artistic pursuits. * Diane attended the Ethical Cultural School. * During the depression, Russeks managed to stay open. * Diane and her friends, all being wealthy, were raised like Jewish princesses. * Diane's house wasn't very happy. The children were described as being "spoiled and ignored." * David had many affairs, and Gertrude became very depressed. * Diane took ethics classes from Algernon Black and began to feel her life was too sanitary. * Diane used to go on adventures...
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