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Our world is full of pretenders stupid people acting smart white people acting black ignorant people acting as the educated This issue is touched in Dorothy Parkers The Standard of Living the main characters two young women named Annabel and Midge fall into this catagory The two young middle-class women act as if they are rich this is shown to us by Parker through an ironic game that the girls play Using the two young women Parker shows us that our greed if allowed to develop never ceases but grows Parker drops hints to the reader about their act when she tells us about their eating habbits they ate patties sweating beads of inferior oil containing bits of bland meat pogged in pale stiffening sauce Parker 476 After the reader is told that they like to eat foods that generally the more wealthy would eat but made with inferior ingredients she informs the reader that they are working-class girls when she states Annabel two years longer in the stenographic department had worked up to eighteen dollars and fifty cents a week Midge was still at sixteen dollars 476 An important point about the image of the girls is made that becomes more crucial in understanding Parkers main point when she mentions They looked conspicuous and cheap and charming 477 That is how the two middle-class girls are seen by others as they walk down fifth avenue the ideal ground for their favorite game 477 The game is a simple one You must suppose that somebody dies and leaves you a million dollars 477 but with a condition that is stated as you must spend every nickel of the money on yourself 478 The irony of the game is emphasized when Parker gives tells of the only single strain on the girls friendship 478 Annabel had once stated that with her money she would buy a silver-fox coat It was as if she
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