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Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating.
The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity and ambition.
In a time warp, these ladies are also her co-workers, clients, and relatives.
Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite: she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor and even coaches female clients on adopting odious male traits.
Marlene has also abandoned her illegitimate and dull-witted daughter.
Her emotional and sexual life has become as barren as Lady Macbeth's.
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