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HARRY BARTON was thirty-three years old, unmarried and goodlooking. Young matrons liked him as a filler-in at dinner parties, but he hated dinner parties unless they promised an evening of contract. So it was with a heavy heart that he heard Grace Halpern's voice on the telephone.
" You've just got to do this for me! I know you'll hate it. There won't be any bridge. But Frank backed out at the last minute and I can't get anybody else. I honestly tried. I tried Bill; I even tried Lester Graham, but neither of them can come. And I must have two bachelors because there are going to be two girls from out of town, girls who were in my class in boarding school. They really are peaches and I can't disappoint them. Please say "
Harry was a bad liar and, besides, he liked Grace. He had had lots of good times at her house. He said yes and wished all the rest of the day that he hadn't.
He arrived late at the Halperns', too late to get half enough cocktails. He knew everybody there excepting the two peaches, a Miss Coakley and a Miss Rell. They were strikingly pretty, Miss Coakley a pony brunette and Miss Bell a rather tall, slender blonde. Harry thought maybe it wouldn't be so bad after all.
His hostess drew him aside before dinner was announced.
" I'm going to reward you for this. I'm going to let you sit between them at dinner. And remember, they're both free."
" What do you mean, free? "
" Not engaged or anything. And I think it's about time you were settling down."
The other bachelor, Dave Wallace, sat on Miss Coakley's left, with Harry, as Grace had promised, between Miss Coakley and Miss Rell.
" Grace tells me you're a great bridge player," Miss Rell said.
" No, but I like "
" Which do you consider the greatest authority, Lenz or Works or Whitehall? I don't know anything about it myself, but I hear

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