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---- fashion had returned to town in October
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:25:36 am »
In Mrs. Peniston's youth, fashion had returned to town in October; therefore on the tenth day of the month the blinds of her Fifth Avenue residence were drawn up, and the eyes of the Dying Gladiator in bronze who occupied the drawing-room window resumed their survey of that deserted thoroughfare.  (from The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "fashion had returned to town in October".  The context seems to suggest "people had returned to town from their summer houses" but what is "fashion"?  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- fashion had returned to town in October
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2017, 09:56:11 am »
I suppose the fashionable people left the town for the summer and came back in the autumn. Others may know better :)
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