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  • "Clare said, 'At least partly. For I would`t now perhaps have this terrible, this wild desire if I had`t seen you that time in Chicago..."
  • How are you Clare?
  • "Rene, I want to hear all about you and everybody and everything"
  • "I`m on the ticket committee, or rather, I am the committee."
  • "Rene, suppose I come too! It sounds terribly interesting and amusing. And I don't see why I should`t."
  • Irene receives a letter from Clare Kendry, causing her to recall a past encounter she had with her at the roof restaurant of the Drayton Hotel in Chicago, during a brief stay in the city. The women grew up together but lost touch when Clare's white father died and she was taken to live with her two paternal white aunts. Irene learns that Clare "passes" for white, living with her unsuspecting, rich, white husband and their daughter. This begins the idea of oppression through race.
  • I think he noticed us
  • Irene avoids engagement with Clare, because she doesn't trust her. Irene later visits Clare and Gertrude Martin. Toward the end, Clare's husband, Jack Bellew arrives. Unaware that all three women are black, Jack says some racists comments and makes the women feel uneasy. However, the women play it off i to maintain Clare's secret identity. After, Irene and Gertrude decide not to talk to Clare anymore. Irene gets an letter from Clare but destroys it and goes on with her life.
  • "Nig! My God!Nig!"
  • After Irene ignores Clare's letter, Clare visits Irene in person. Irene said she serves on the committee for the Negro Welfare League. Clare invites herself to the NWL dance, despite Irene's advice not to for fear that Jack will find out. Clare attends without her husband knowing, which makes her to stay in Harlem. Irene and Clare resume their friendship, and Clare frequently visits Irene's home.
  • It`s Christmas time and Irene's relationship with her husband has worsened. Aware of her friend's appeal, Irene convinced that her husband is having an affair with Clare. While shopping with her visibly black friend Felise Freeland, Irene encounters Jack, who becomes aware of her, racial status. Irene considers warning Clare but decides not to, because she is worried that a divorce for Clare might encourage her husband to leave her for Clare
  • Clare accompanies Irene and Brian to a party hosted by Felise. The gathering is interrupted by Jack, who accuses Clare of being a "damned dirty nigger!" Irene rushes to Clare, who is standing by an open window. Clare falls out of the window, where she is said to be dead by the guests who eventually gather at the site. Whether she has fallen accidentally, was pushed by Irene or Bellew, or committed suicide, is unclear. The book ends with Irene's fragmented anguish at Clare's death.
  • This whole story refers to oppression of a person`s race. These three women believed that the only way to get through the oppression is to "pass" as a white person. This society brought this on to its people as they all had bias views on race. Clare's annoyance to Irene could also symbolize naturalism as Irene tried to avoid Claire by not sending a letter back or taking extreme measures and using her out the window.
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