there was eager entertaining


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Dear all,
this from the story 'Lolita' by Dorothy Parker (1955). John Marble is a visiting dandy.

But John Marble had come on some real-estate dealings for his firm, some matters of properties outside the town limits, and when his business was done, he would go back to the great, glittering city where he lived. Time pressed; excitement heightened. Through his business John Marble met important men of the town, the fathers of daughters, and there was eager entertaining for the brilliant stranger.
I think entertaining here means many people in the town competed to invite him, to entertain him. Is this correct?
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