Not All the King's Men: A Novel of Washington Society
by Katherine Elwes Thomas
New York, The Cassell Publishing Co., 1896
Available for free download at Google Books.
Helen Oglethorp Lyman, a widow living in a beautiful home on Washington's Farragut Square, learns that her fortune has diminished to the point where she must make a dramatic retrenchment. She plots her strategy for avoiding this disaster.
This short novel is the best Washington society novel I have read to date. The descriptions of houses, fashions, and social setting are wonderful to read.