"Any excuse to give a party is a good one."
Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, My Dinner Party Book
"While God doesn’t particularly approve of luxury, at least he wants it in good taste."
Sir William Rothenstein, via Twentieth-Century Decoration
Amid a torrent of boos directed at Wright, all eyes turned to Draper. When she rose from her seat, the audience must have expected she would return Wright’s volley. However, she did nothing of the kind. Her response was confusingly vague. According to Carleton Varney, she said, “Yoo hoo, Mr. Wright. Here I am.” She then “thanked him graciously for noticing her and said she was a great admirer of his architecture and was glad he was acquainted with her work.”
The tension was diffused, and the audience burst into applause. To this day, no one is certain whether Draper was being tactful or ditzy. It is “possible that she hadn’t been listening and heard only her name.” Or, maybe “she intentionally saved the day.” Whatever the truth, it is an excellent example of how not every confrontation needs to evoke the pathos of The Real Housewives.
Carleton Varney recounts this story (and much more) in The Draper Touch, The High Life & High Style of Dorothy Draper.