However she felt about him, she seemed to take him at his word that everyone was debauched.
Soon afterwards she began seeing John Barrymore. She was introduced to him by Stanford White, and John was known for being something of a playboy. Funny story about John Barrymore – he used to stumble hungover into the bar at the Hotel Algonquin for breakfast, and ask if they could dim all the lights to a soothing blue shade. That’s why it’s called “The Blue Bar.” They have now made all the lights neon blue so it looks like someone should be up doing karaoke, and I doubt that’s what Barrymore intended, but, no matter.
John Barrymore seemed like fun, basically.
And in seemingly her first maternal moment, ever, Evelyn’s mother was really worried about Evelyn seeing him. The couple was almost definitely sleeping together – Evelyn was seen leaving his room in the morning on numerous occasions – and they were planning to marry, though at that point, Barrymore’s financial prospects did not look good.
So Stanford White arranged to have her sent away to boarding school. It’s easy to forget that she was only 17. She was boarding school age. However, perhaps in light of their objections (Stanford’s more than her mother’s) Evelyn ultimately turned down Barrymore’s proposal and went back to her social life in New York.