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Patricia Sullivan

Whenever I write an obit about a socialite, such as Virginia Warren Daly, I'm reminded of how far we are from those days of society balls and the social season. The amount of time a "certain class" of women devoted to parties! The expense of it all! The amount of newsprint those party reports consumed!

Nothing against any individuals who participated; I can hear older relatives saying "It's how we did it then."
Some of the parties were purposeful -- clearly, it's how business used to be conducted in the nation's capital, by consulates, by legislators across party lines, by entrepreneurs. And there's nothing wrong with raising money for charity, of course, and some of the events did just that. But a large number seem to have been no reason in particular. One wonders what else the swells could have done with their time and energy.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 4, 2009; 3:44 PM ET
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