Ostrovsky has given us a complex social gathering to test our powers of observation. See if you can pinpoint the most important person. In other words, who’s controlling events? Is it someone at the meeting in the background? Or the woman with her hand on the man beside her? Could it be the singer? An experienced eye would probably settle on the seductress eyeing the piano player. For the moment, he’s setting the pace, but she’s seducing him with the intention of gaining control. Her offer is being passed as we watch, but will it be accepted?