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  • Irene, a mulatto, goes to the Drayton after shoopping and sees an attractive woman staring at her. She does not recognize the woman at first. She finds out it is Clare, an old friend, another mulatto woman, who she has not seen for 12 years.
  • Irene and Clare talk. Clare's father died when young, so she was sent to her aunts. Clare invites Irene to dinner to meet with Jack, her husband. Clare passes as a white woman, so she must be careful. She believes white people are easier, too.
  • Meet me for dinner!
  • Irene regrets promising Clare to meet up with her. She still goes and sees Gertrude, another mulatto woman. Each of these women face life differently. Irene married a Negro, Gertrude married a white man, who knows she is mulatto, while Clare married Jack, who has no clue of her race and is an extreme racist. Irene and Gertrude are shocked.
  • Irene receives a letter from Clare, but never writes back. Clare comes to Irene's house. Clare feels lonely and misses the black race. Irene is in shock still because of Clare's actions to conceal her race to Jack, and as a result, does not invite her to Harlem.
  • I feel so lonely...
  • Clare ends up coming with Irene and attracts all the attention. Irene starts to sense an affair with Clare and Brian. She is glad Jack is home more often, so Clare can stay away. Irene wants to feel nothing.
  • Clare has to be very careful in order to keep her appearance and identity. She misses being with Negroes, but she cannot change due to her personal life. Finally, at a party, Jack barges in because he realizes Clare is Negro. Irene has built up many emotions due to the affair, and pushes Clare out the window. Clare pays the price for being someone she isn't.
  • You are a Negro!!!!
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