|L'Ile St-Louis résidence de Mme Robillard|
Susan, Elvira and Albert Skattergood of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania are on their Grand Tour of Europe.
Albert has gone on to India and Nepal, but the sisters have stayed
in Paris, guests of a Cousin on their Mother's side of the family,
What to wear?
Susan complains to Elvira ~ "Our clothes are lacking in style,
we look like Philadelphia Quakers!~ me perhaps less than you
my dear ~ but still not Présentable."
Elvira retorted ~ "We are Philadelphia Quakers ~ and I for
one am proud of it. Best not to forget it dearest!"
"I am not about to walk the avenues of Paris looking like a provincial country bumpkin!"
Susan cried. "Mme. Robilliard has even offered me one of her frocks, until I have a chance
to do some shopping. And besides, she said with my excellent pronunciation of the language no one would suspect I wasn't a native Parisian!"
"Elvira dear ~ you must let me do all the speaking- you haven't kept up!"
"All my set back home only speak French to each other~ you have been spending too
much time up on the farm!"
Since Losing both their parents years before, Elvira and Albert
have done their best to bring up their younger Sister, despite her willful nature.
"Susan, we must maintain decorum, and not be ashamed of our very respectable
Mme. Robillard, lost her husband last year, and finds herself in financial straits.
She ponders how the Skattergood fortune could be used to her advantage.
An idea is formed! She will preform an introduction to the sisters that will be sure to
keep them ~ and their fortune here with her in Paris. At least until she can think
of a more permanent solution.