This documentary about the Vanderbilts in Newport says it all.
Don’t look at this video if you have any fear of spiders. Dock spiders eat small fish and tadpoles, as well as insects. They move with lightning speed, and can illicit the expletive "Holy sh**!" from the bravest and strongest of men. There are people who have summered on lakes all their lives and have never seen one, because these monsters are skittish, unless they're protecting a nest. More correctly known as fishing spiders, the adults can be about the size of a splayed hand! And yes, they like to live in and around and under docks, hence their name.
Listen to award-winning pianist and Ragtime historian, Bill Edwards, play this tune.
Yet another tune played by Bill Edwards.
The Titanic sank only two years before this book begins, so the fashions as shown in the blockbuster movie are similar to what the characters in the novel wear. About 30 seconds into this video you’ll see the “Jump Dress” and then the “Dinner Dress”, both of which are typical of elegant evening wear of the era.