We're in Lorena's home in Shenzhen, what Eleanor describes as a tasteless place built by Mainland developers.
Lorena calls out Eleanor for disliking her "Westernized" son's ways when she "can't even enjoy a typical Chinese breakfast" of fish porridge (2.7.5).
The women go to a "top-secret" shopping center (2.7.11).
We learn the differences between dressing styles: Singaporean women "dressed in their own distinct hodgepodge of styles and wore less jewelry"; Hong Kong women dressed alike and wore "huge rocks;" and Japanese women wore sun visors and fanny packs (2.7.14).
The women are led through what seems like an abandoned building, up a crammed elevator, and are instructed to turn off their phones and cameras before being allowed inside a "sumptuously designed boutique" (2.7.19).
What kind of magic is this?
This boutique is filled with luxury brand knock-offs. The women talk up the virtues of buying "real fakes" (2.7.29).
We learn Eleanor's particular aesthetic must be something no one in Singapore has, something she spends less money on than her friends, and something that makes her look 10 years younger.
While browsing, Eleanor bumps into Jacqueline Ling — both women seem unhappy to see each other at the place to buy fakes.
Jacqueline mentions meeting Rachel at Shang Su Yi's party and says Rachel was "overconfident and overfamiliar" (2.7.41).
She adds that Rachel is close to Astrid and Oliver, and lies that Rachel was ogling all the items at Tyersall.
Shocked, Eleanor composes herself and decides to align herself with Jacqueline: she asks how her daughter Amanda is doing.
Jacqueline confidently says her daughter will be at the wedding, putting aside her feud with Araminta.
She then silently judges Eleanor for the friends she keeps, and ignores Nadine begging for an introduction.
Eleanor thinks it fortuitous that Amanda is returning to Singapore, as she is a "superb match" for her son (2.7.55).