does "entering the next room" a metaphor?
Eunice, indeed, was entering the next room. The Shrivers, violating the most hallowed of White House traffic rules, had entered one-way West Executive Avenue from the wrong end and parked on the south grounds outside the Diplomatic Reception Room. Ted spoke to his sister privately, together they held the first of several telephone conversations with Bob; and Eunice attempted to place a call to Pat—who had left word with her maid that she could not talk to anyone. Eunice then phoned Lem Billings in New York, because Lem was the sort of person you lean on in a time of trouble.