Unveiling the Prophet: The Misadventures of a Reluctant Debutante
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Unveiling the Prophet: The Misadventures of a Reluctant Debutante

In the autumn of 1972, Lucy Ferriss, then a college student in California, was preparing for the Veiled Prophet Ball at which she was to be presented to St. Louis society. Once the largest cotillion in the country, the invitation-only ball was unique among society events not only for the legend and mystery surrounding its namesake but also for its setting in a public, taxpayer-funded arena and for its accompanying parade.            ...