White Houses - Puttin' on the Ritz - Lilac and Star and Bird Summary & Analysis

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In the chapter titled “Puttin' on the Ritz” (167), Eleanor tells Hick that she received a condolence letter from Marion Harron. Marion is a judge and the woman Hick dated after she and Eleanor broke up. Hick recalls an awkward afternoon in which she and Marion were invited for lunch at the White House with Eleanor. Next, Hick recalls going to Parker Fiske's house, where he once more threatened to tell what he knew about Hick and Eleanor's relationship. He had then explained that he was about to be outed as a gay man himself, and that he would possibly lose his job at the State Department. He asked for Hick's help in securing the support of Franklin and Eleanor. Hick agreed to help, and the Roosevelts did support Fiske, but he was fired anyway at...

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