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Neil Simons farce Rumors gives readers an in-depth look at the lives of ten wealthy individuals attending a dinner party In an attempt to stay within the social crown the characters start unsubstantiated rumors about their friends in an attempt to make themselves look better The hosts of the party Ken Gorman and his wife Chris must cover up the fact that a friend of theirs Charley Brock has been shot in the ear lobe They do not know how he got shot but they decide that he must have tried to commit suicide and thereby proceed to spread rumors about what they have heard in an attempt to avoid a possible attempted suicide scandal They first lie to Charleys personal doctor they lie about what happened to all of the servants and they finally about a second gunshot heard in the house When the Gormans first encounter Charley in his bedroom they immediately call his personal doctor at the theater to tell him that Charley feels just fine Chris relates the story to the doctor when she says Dr Dudley Im afraid theres been an accident Well we just arrived here at Charleys house about ten minutes ago and as we were getting out of our car we suddenly heard this enormous thud It seemed Charley had tripped going up the stairs no wait down the stairs Down the stairs But hes all right 13 Finally Chris manages to explain to the doctor that Charley had not really hurt himself in the first place and that she felt sorry to have bothered him at the theater After hanging up the phone the Gormans put Charley in the shower to wash off the blood wrap a towel around his head to stop the bleeding and go back downstairs to wait for the rest of the party guests Lenny and Claire Ganz arrive at the party first Coming straight from a car accident the Ganzs ask
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