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Dear all,
this is from the story by Dorothy Parker 'The Little Hours'. The protagonist wakes up at 4:20 a.m. and among other things ponders over La Rochefoucauld.

Why, I don’t even know the man’s [La Rochefoucauld's] first name, that’s how close I ever was to him. What am I supposed to be, a hostess to La Rochefoucauld? That’s what he thinks. Sez he.

The story is here:
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To be a hostess here means to entertain him (in various senses), maybe to be his lover. Is this correct?
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