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Adrienne, of course, refuses. Meanwhile, young chorine Daisy Henderson (Peggy Pierce), a ﬁctional version of Edith May recently removed from rural life, “still dazed by the fact she is now a member of the Frivolity beauty squad,” is shocked by the Machiavellian behavior of her new colleague. But Adrienne, in a sequence of wild bacchanalia and table dancing, instructs the new small town ingénue in the ways of handling married men. Adrienne, however, soon ends up casting Overman aside when she falls for self-effacing but “rich as sin” Pittsburgh industrialist David Wallace (Irving Cummings).
In one supposedly selfauthored article written while temporarily in the employment of Florenz Ziegfeld, May describes this mix of fear and desire in her ﬁrst encounter with a very unfamiliar kind of village, Greenwich Village: “I had heard of this place back home and that it was very queer—and wicked. We went into a basement place for dinner. There was sawdust on the ﬂoor and the tables were bare and the air was choked with smoke. Then my dream of naughtiness was realized—ALL THE WOMEN WERE SMOKING!
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