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The narrator receives a letter from a university press offering to publish one of his short stories. They can't pay him anything, but he doesn't care. When he tells Holly Golightly the good news, she says he shouldn't allow the story to be published if he's not getting paid. Seeing the hurt look on his face, she congratulates him and offers to take him to lunch. She slips into the bathroom to get ready. While she flushes and brushes, she tells him Mag Wildwood is indeed her new roommate. This is a good thing, according to Holly, because if one is going to have a roommate who "isn't a dyke, then the next best thing is a perfect fool, which Mag [is]." She tells him about Mag's career and fiancé as she searches for clothing and shoes strewn about the room. When she is finally ready to go, she looked "pampered, calmly immaculate, as though she'd been attended by Cleopatra's maids."
The fundamental difference between Holly Golightly and the narrator is their view of money. The narrator would rather produce work he's proud of—for no compensation—than to ensure a steady income by compromising his ideals. This perplexes Holly, to whom financial survival is of the utmost importance. She knows what it's like to go without, and her primary goal is to never experience that again. Hanging out with "rats" can be irritating—and heartbreaking—but it beats being poor.
Holly is by no means wealthy—there's often a sense that she's just scraping by—but she presents herself as having millions in the bank. Her facade of wealth and style not only helps her fit in with the glamorous Café Society set, it masks the emotional scars of her childhood and her yearning for familial love. Anyone who enters her chaotic, barely furnished apartment can see Holly isn't as put-together as she seems. Like her home, she is a mess on the inside.