1. What is the problem with the specks at the opening of the novel?
At the opening of the novel, Victor, JD, and Peyton are all discussing the unfortunate specks on the paneling of the new bar Victor is promoting. Victor hates the decor of the bar and thinks the specks look unprofessional. He is obsessed with their appearance and even suggests a "save the specks" campaign as a fundraiser.
2. What is Victor's main concern about the guest list for the bar he is promoting?
Victor is extremely concerned with appearances and surrounding himself with important people. Therefore, it is very important to Victor that he pack the new bar with celebrities, although most celebrities are hesitant to give their word in an RSVP. Throughout the first chapters of the novel, Victor periodically checks in with reception to find out which celebrities have RSVP'd and he is always disappointed.
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