vitiated Of poor quality; debased.
pomade A perfumed ointment used to groom hair.
drummer A salesman who peddles his wares in various towns.
voile dresses Dresses made out of lightweight fabric, such as cotton or silk.
porticoes Roofed porches.
a red runabout A red convertible.
serried Tightly pressed rows.
the sons When this short story was published, the era prohibited magazines from printing "the sons of bitches."
nimbused Refers to the cloudy circle of light around a lamp, especially in fog.