"She was awakened by Rufus Kendall, just returned from foreign parts, and Marcy gave herself to him without question as joyously and unstintingly as a wild forest creature. Nor did she give heed to the future, when Rufus might leave and she would have only a memory to sustain her. To the big house also came Toni and Leonora, both beautiful and gay and both offering their version of sex and love to handsome Rufus Kendall."