By Edith Wharton
(Book Jacket prestige: Jacketed)Introduction through Pamela KnightsIn the home of Mirth, Edith Wharton depicts the glittering salons of Gilded Age manhattan with precision and wit, whilst she movingly portrays the hindrances that impeded women's offerings on the flip of the century.The attractive, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of many excellent better halves of the rich top classification, yet her spark of personality and self sufficient force prevents her from turning into one of many many girls who will achieve these circles. although her hope for a snug existence implies that she can't marry for romance with no cash, her resistance to the foundations of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals. As Lily spirals down into debt and dishonor, her tale takes at the resonance of vintage tragedy. one in every of Wharton's such a lot bracing and nuanced images of the lifetime of girls in a adverse, hugely ordered global, the home of Mirth exposes the truths approximately American excessive society that its denizens so much needed to disclaim.
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How much of it was owing to the spell of the perfect afternoon, the scent of the fading woods, the thought of the dulness she had fled from? Lily had no definite experience by which to test the quality of her feelings. She had several times been in love with fortunes or careers, but only once with a man. That was years ago, when she first came out, and had been smitten with a romantic passion for a young gentleman named Herbert Melson, who had blue eyes and a little wave in his hair. Mr. Melson, who was possessed of no other negotiable securities, had hastened to employ these in capturing the eldest Miss Van Osburgh: since then he had grown stout and wheezy, and was given to telling anecdotes about his children.
Dorset never came down till luncheon: her doctors, she averred, had forbidden her to expose herself to the crude air of the morning. To the remaining members of the party Lily gave no special thought; wherever they were, they were not likely to interfere with her plans. These, for the moment, took the shape of assuming a dress somewhat more rustic and summerlike in style than the garment she had first selected, and rustling downstairs, sunshade in hand, with the disengaged air of a lady in quest of exercise.
She asked, putting a hand in his as he advanced to greet her. " enquired Mrs. Dorset tartly. " "Yes, I had," said Lily confidingly. "Really? Perhaps I am in the way, then? But Mr. " Mrs. Dorset was pale with temper, and her antagonist felt a certain pleasure in prolonging her distress. "Oh, dear, no—do stay," she said good-humouredly. " "You're awfully good, dear, but I never interfere with Mr. " The remark was uttered with a little air of proprietorship not lost on its object, who concealed a faint blush of annoyance by stooping to pick up the book he had dropped at Lily's approach.
The House of Mirth (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) by Edith Wharton