"We are agreed, then, that our annual charity fling shall benefit the Wayward Cats Benevolent Fund. Shall we just have a society tea this year, or extend ourselves to a fashion show?" intoned Florence Craye, presiding over the Junior Lipstick.
"Excuse me, Madam Chair, I would like to propose a Bachelor Auction!" Bobbie Wickham said, stepping forward. "Let us prevail upon our brothers, cousins and male chums to go on the auction block as captive escorts."
"Who'd want them?" asked Miss Craye.
"Why, haven't you noticed all the American girls coming over, hoping for an introduction to a genuine blueblood? If we post flyers at the best hotels during high season, we can pack the house."
And so it came to pass that Lord "Dogface" Rainsby, Marmaduke "Chuffy" Chuffnell, Freddy Threepwood, Aubrey Bassinger, and Percy ffinch-ffarrowmere were roped into the thing before they had the presence of mind to file a protest. And so, they did their turns on the catwalk while Bobbie Wickham described their fine points in detail. Each young man had a different quality which became his selling point - one had an impeccable suit, one could wiggle his ears, one had a stunning smile, one had an impressive physique and one walked with a manly swagger. Bidding was lively, and the young ladies of the American nouveau riche came to play; five young ladies named Miss Malloy, Miss Bailey, Miss Deauville, Miss Jones, and Miss Peabody won out, with high bids (in no particular order) of 10, 25, 50, 75, and a whopping 100 pounds.
After delivering the auctionees to the high bidders, each young man escorted his new "owner" on one of a variety of dates. One couple went to the opera, one on a picnic, one went to the theater for a play, one pair went to a costume ball, and one simply ambled out for an elegant dinner.
The whole affair was so exhilarating and successful that Miss Wickham didn't manage to report on the festivites for the club history until weeks later. By then she had forgotten who got whom for how much, for what quality, and where they went.Can you figure out which bachelor cost how many pounds, for what quality, and where he took which winning bidder, from the clues below?