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Here was, after all, something that her charming listless hands could really do; she had no doubt of their capacity for knotting a ribbon or placing a flower to advantage.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 10   Context
She was like some rare flower grown for exhibition, a flower from which every bud had been nipped except the crowning blossom of her beauty.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 13   Context
The light air seemed full of powdered gold; below the dewy bloom of the lawns the woodlands blushed and smouldered, and the hills across the river swam in molten blue.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 5   Context
To seize on the wonder would be to brush off its bloom, and perhaps see it fade and stiffen in her hand: better the sense of beauty palpitating out of reach, while she held her breath and watched where it would alight.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 14   Context
She was like some rare flower grown for exhibition, a flower from which every bud had been nipped except the crowning blossom of her beauty.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 13   Context
As a spectator, he had always enjoyed Lily Bart; and his course lay so far out of her orbit that it amused him to be drawn for a moment into the sudden intimacy which her proposal implied.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 1   Context
Her own stout person and its surrounding implements took up so much room that Lily, to pass her, had to gather up her skirts and brush against the wall.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 1   Context
But at this point one or two belated passengers from the last station forced their way into the carriage, and Lily had to retreat to her seat.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 2   Context
She was smaller and thinner than Lily Bart, with a restless pliability of pose, as if she could have been crumpled up and run through a ring, like the sinuous draperies she affected.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 2   Context
Dorset leaned back against her travelling cushions with a smile which made Lily wish there had been no vacant seat beside her own.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 2   Context
Bridge at Bellomont usually lasted till the small hours; and when Lily went to bed that night she had played too long for her own good.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
There were moments when such scenes delighted Lily, when they gratified her sense of beauty and her craving for the external finish of life; there were others when they gave a sharper edge to the meagreness of her own opportunities.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
But the mere thought of that other woman, who could take a man up and toss him aside as she willed, without having to regard him as a possible factor in her plans, filled Lily Bart with envy.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
A world in which such things could be seemed a miserable place to Lily Bart; but then she had never been able to understand the laws of a universe which was so ready to leave her out of its calculations.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
Hudson Bart had appeared young; but Lily could not recall the time when her father had not been bald and slightly stooping, with streaks of grey in his hair, and a tired walk.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
Lily could not recall the time when there had been money enough, and in some vague way her father seemed always to blame for the deficiency.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
The disgusting part of it was that many of these cousins were rich, so that Lily imbibed the idea that if people lived like pigs it was from choice, and through the lack of any proper standard of conduct.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
The suddenness added to the horror; and there were still times when Lily relived with painful vividness every detail of the day on which the blow fell.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
The laugh was so strange that Lily coloured under it: she disliked being ridiculed, and her father seemed to see something ridiculous in the request.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
Lily obeyed, and when she turned back into the room her father was sitting with both elbows on the table, the plate of salmon between them, and his head bowed on his hands.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
She looked at Lily as the latter approached: her look was terrible, but her voice was modulated to a ghastly cheerfulness.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
She watched it jealously, as though it were her own property and Lily its mere custodian; and she tried to instil into the latter a sense of the responsibility that such a charge involved.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
There was in Lily a vein of sentiment, perhaps transmitted from this source, which gave an idealizing touch to her most prosaic purposes.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
She had died during one of their brief visits to New York, and there Lily at once became the centre of a family council composed of the wealthy relatives whom she had been taught to despise for living like pigs.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
Lily had taken it, at first with the confidence of assured possessorship, then with gradually narrowing demands, till now she found herself actually struggling for a foothold on the broad space which had once seemed her own for the asking.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 3   Context
There was nothing new to Lily in these tokens of a studied luxury; but, though they formed a part of her atmosphere, she never lost her sensitiveness to their charm.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 4   Context
In consequence of this hint, Lily found herself the centre of that feminine solicitude which envelops a young woman in the mating season.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 4   Context
The couple in question were engaged in the same kind of romance in which Lily figured, and the latter felt a certain annoyance in contemplating what seemed to her a caricature of her own situation.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 4   Context
Seating herself on the upper step of the terrace, Lily leaned her head against the honeysuckles wreathing the balustrade.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 4   Context
But Lily had known the species before: she was aware that such a guarded nature must find one huge outlet of egoism, and she determined to be to him what his Americana had hitherto been: the one possession in which he took sufficient pride to spend money on it.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 4   Context
Her intentions in short had never been more definite; but poor Lily, for all the hard glaze of her exterior, was inwardly as malleable as wax.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 5   Context
Not that he was notably brilliant or exceptional; in his own profession he was surpassed by more than one man who had bored Lily through many a weary dinner.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 5   Context
Lily, turning her eyes from him, found herself scanning her little world through his retina: it was as though the pink lamps had been shut off and the dusty daylight let in.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 5   Context
At any rate he engaged Lily so long that the sweets were being handed when she caught a phrase on her other side, where Miss Corby, the comic woman of the company, was bantering Jack Stepney on his approaching engagement.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 5   Context
To the remaining members of the party Lily gave no special thought; wherever they were, they were not likely to interfere with her plans.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 5   Context
It had occurred to Lily, however, that it might on this occasion have been resorted to by the only member of the party in the least likely to put it to its original use.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 5   Context
Lily had no real intimacy with nature, but she had a passion for the appropriate and could be keenly sensitive to a scene which was the fitting background of her own sensations.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 6   Context
Lily had received his sympathy with languid gratitude, urging him, since she should be such poor company, to join the rest of the party who, after luncheon, were starting in automobiles on a visit to the Van Osburghs at Peekskill.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 6   Context
The excursionists would be gone at least four hours; Lily and Selden had the whole afternoon before them, and the sense of leisure and safety gave the last touch of lightness to her spirit.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 6   Context
The little flame under his hand cast a deeper crimson on his puffing face, and Lily averted her eyes with a momentary feeling of repugnance.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 7   Context
In her inmost heart Lily knew it was not by appealing to the fraternal instinct that she was likely to move Gus Trenor; but this way of explaining the situation helped to drape its crudity, and she was always scrupulous about keeping up appearances to herself.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 7   Context
Lily felt really virtuous as she dispensed the sum in sops to her tradesmen, and the fact that a fresh order accompanied each payment did not lessen her sense of disinterestedness.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 8   Context
There was something almost bridal in his own aspect: his large white gardenia had a symbolic air that struck Lily as a good omen.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 8   Context
Lily smiled: she knew that Selden had always been kind to his dull cousin, and she had sometimes wondered why he wasted so much time in such an unremunerative manner; but now the thought gave her a vague pleasure.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 8   Context
Lily gave him a startled look: his voice was louder than usual, and the room was beginning to fill with people.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 8   Context
Not wishing to be the means of effecting this enlargement, Lily quickly transferred her glance to Trenor, to whom the expression of her gratitude seemed not to have brought the complete gratification she had meant it to give.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 8   Context
It was the moment for tact; for the quick bridging over of gaps; but Selden still leaned against the window, a detached observer of the scene, and under the spell of his observation Lily felt herself powerless to exert her usual arts.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 8   Context
Indoors there was a general sense of dispersal in the air, as of an audience gathering itself up for departure after the principal actors had left the stage; but among the remaining groups, Lily could discover neither Gryce nor the youngest Miss Van Osburgh.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 8   Context
Lily was acutely aware of her own part in this drama of innuendo: she knew the exact quality of the amusement the situation evoked.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 9   Context
Peniston should have such creatures about the house; and Lily entered her room resolved that the woman should be dismissed that evening.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 9   Context
In the evening also Lily found herself alone, for her aunt, who rarely dined out, had responded to the summons of a Van Alstyne cousin who was passing through town.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 9   Context
Lily had such an air of always getting what she wanted that she was used to being appealed to as an intermediary, and, relieved of her vague apprehension, she took refuge in the conventional formula.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 9   Context
Now the other side presented itself to Lily, the volcanic nether side of the surface over which conjecture and innuendo glide so lightly till the first fissure turns their whisper to a shriek.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 9   Context
Lily knew that there is nothing society resents so much as having given its protection to those who have not known how to profit by it: it is for having betrayed its connivance that the body social punishes the offender who is found out.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 9   Context
Lily had never seen her when she was not cuirassed in shining black, with small tight boots, and an air of being packed and ready to start; yet she never started.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 9   Context
The thought of the ridicule struck deeper than any other sensation: Lily knew every turn of the allusive jargon which could flay its victims without the shedding of blood.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 9   Context
All her life Lily had seen money go out as quickly as it came in, and whatever theories she cultivated as to the prudence of setting aside a part of her gains, she had unhappily no saving vision of the risks of the opposite course.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 10   Context
Lily felt a new interest in herself as a person of charitable instincts: she had never before thought of doing good with the wealth she had so often dreamed of possessing, but now her horizon was enlarged by the vision of a prodigal philanthropy.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 10   Context
Fisher, was ostensibly given by a lady of obscure origin and indomitable social ambitions, whose acquaintance Lily had hitherto avoided.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 10   Context
His voice had risen sharply with the last words, and Lily flushed with annoyance, but she kept command of the situation and laid a persuasive hand on his arm.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 10   Context
Few women took the trouble to make themselves agreeable to Dorset, and Lily had been kind to him at Bellomont, and was now smiling on him with a divine renewal of kindness.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 10   Context
IF YOU WOULD FORGIVE YOUR ENEMY, says the Malay proverb, FIRST INFLICT A HURT ON HIM; and Lily was experiencing the truth of the apothegm.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 10   Context
She had in truth no abstract propensity to malice: she did not dislike Lily because the latter was brilliant and predominant, but because she thought that Lily disliked her.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 11   Context
She had no immediate intention of repeating to Lily what she had heard, or even of trying to ascertain its truth by means of discreet interrogation.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 11   Context
Since the holidays she had not urged Lily to return to Bellomont, and the first time they met in town Lily fancied there was a shade of coldness in her manner.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 12   Context
In such emergencies, Judy would usually have turned to Lily to fuse the discordant elements; and Miss Bart, assuming that such a service was expected of her, threw herself into it with her accustomed zeal.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 12   Context
The indication was a slight one, and a year ago Lily would have smiled at it, trusting to the charm of her personality to dispel any prejudice against her.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 12   Context
Its expression was now so vivid that for the first time he seemed to see before him the real Lily Bart, divested of the trivialities of her little world, and catching for a moment a note of that eternal harmony of which her beauty was a part.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 12   Context
Lily, however, was not among them, and her absence served to protract the effect she had produced on Selden: it would have broken the spell to see her too soon in the surroundings from which accident had so happily detached her.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 12   Context
Lily was therefore standing alone when he reached her; and finding the expected look in her eye, he had the satisfaction of supposing he had kindled it.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 12   Context
He wrote briefly that an important case called him to Albany, whence he would be unable to return till the evening, and asked Lily to let him know at what hour on the following day she would see him.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 13   Context
The two measured each other for a moment, but Lily still saw her opponent through a blur of scorn that made all other considerations indistinct.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 13   Context
His first rush of inarticulate resentment had been followed by a steadiness and concentration of tone more disconcerting to Lily than the excitement preceding it.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 13   Context
What Lily craved was the darkness made by enfolding arms, the silence which is not solitude, but compassion holding its breath.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 13   Context
He had meant to keep free from permanent ties, not from any poverty of feeling, but because, in a different way, he was, as much as Lily, the victim of his environment.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 14   Context
He was no less conscious than before of what was said of Lily Bart, but he could separate the woman he knew from the vulgar estimate of her.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 14   Context
Just beneath it stood the photograph of Lily Bart, looking out imperially on the cheap gimcracks, the cramped furniture of the little room.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 14   Context
Lily sat quiet, leaning to the fire: the clatter of cups behind her soothed her as familiar noises hush a child whom silence has kept wakeful.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 14   Context
Knowing that Lily disliked to be caressed, she had long ago learned to check her demonstrative impulses toward her friend.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 14   Context
She glanced shyly at Lily, asking in an embarrassed tone how she felt; Lily answered with the same constraint, and raised herself up to drink the tea.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 15   Context
Celeste had not yet sent in her account, and secondly, the amount it represented was only a fraction of the sum that Lily needed.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 15   Context
It was annoying that Selden, when he came, should find that particular visitor in possession, but Lily was mistress of the art of ridding herself of superfluous company, and to her present mood Rosedale seemed distinctly negligible.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 15   Context
Lily remained at home, lunching and dining alone with her aunt, who complained of flutterings of the heart, and talked icily on general topics.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 1: Chapter 15   Context
Supplied with these facts, Lily leaned awhile over the side, giving herself up to a leisurely enjoyment of the spectacle before her.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 2   Context
The freedom and lightness of the ducal intercourse made an agreeable change from these complications, and Lily was tempted, after luncheon, to adjourn in the wake of her companions to the hectic atmosphere of the Casino.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 2   Context
If a glance or two lingered on the couple, no intrusive sympathy disturbed them; and it was Lily herself who broke the silence by rising from her seat.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 2   Context
Thus far, then, Lily felt that she had done well; and the conviction strengthened her for the task that remained.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 2   Context
The sight filled Lily with such surprise that she felt that Bertha, at least, must read its meaning in her look, and she was proportionately disconcerted by the blankness of the look returned.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 2   Context
If it was a cue, Lily was ready to take it, though with only the vaguest sense of what was expected of her in return.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 2   Context
Lily sat silent, taking the brunt of it quietly, letting it spend itself on her to the last drop of its accumulated falseness; then, without a word, she rose and went down to her cabin.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 2   Context
Lily, going to bed early, had left the couple to themselves; and it seemed part of the general mystery in which she moved that more than an hour should elapse before she heard Bertha walk down the silent passage and regain her room.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 3   Context
But there was another change, perceptible only to Lily; and that was that Dorset now avoided her almost as pointedly as his wife.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 3   Context
Outside, the sky was gusty and overcast, and as Lily and Selden moved toward the deserted gardens below the restaurant, spurts of warm rain blew fitfully against their faces.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 3   Context
A rustle of weeds and quick turning of heads hailed the opening of the door, and Lily Bart appeared, tall and noble in her black dress, with Gerty Farish at her side.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 4   Context
Ned Van Alstyne, Jack Stepney, and a cousin or two followed, each coupled with the mention of a few thousands: Lily wondered that Grace Stepney was not among them.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 4   Context
In her stuffy room at the hotel to which she had gone on landing, Lily Bart that evening reviewed her situation.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 4   Context
Where Judy Trenor led, all the world would follow; and Lily had the doomed sense of the castaway who has signalled in vain to fleeing sails.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 4   Context
Bewildered and indignant, Lily resolved to try the effect of a personal appeal; but she returned from her expedition with a sense of the powerlessness of beauty and charm against the unfeeling processes of the law.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 4   Context
Grace, in reply, wept and wondered at the request, bemoaned the inexorableness of the law, and was astonished that Lily had not realized the exact similarity of their positions.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 4   Context
Lily had the odd sense of having been caught up into the crowd as carelessly as a passenger is gathered in by an express train.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 5   Context
She had even offered to give up her visit to Lake George, and remain in town with Miss Bart, if the latter would renounce her journey; but Lily could disguise her real distaste for this plan under a sufficiently valid reason.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 5   Context
She felt not only that Lily was cheapening herself by making use of an intimacy she would never have cultivated from choice, but that, in drifting back now to her former manner of life, she was forfeiting her last chance of ever escaping from it.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 5   Context
Lily had thus formed, in the tumult of her surroundings, a little nucleus of friendly relations which mitigated the crudeness of her course in lingering with the Gormers after their return.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 5   Context
For he was gradually attaining his object in life, and that, to Lily, was always less despicable than to miss it.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 5   Context
Gormer, Lily had caught one or two passing glimpses of the couple; but they moved in so different an orbit that she had not considered the possibility of a direct encounter.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 6   Context
This surprising event, coinciding too completely with her meeting with Dorset to be regarded as contingent upon it, had yet immediately struck Lily with a vague sense of foreboding.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 6   Context
It was the first time since her return from Europe that Lily had found herself in a congenial atmosphere, and the stirring of familiar associations had almost prepared her, as she descended the stairs before dinner, to enter upon a group of her old acquaintances.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 6   Context
Rosedale in the paternal role was hardly a figure to soften Lily; yet she could not but notice a quality of homely goodness in his advances to the child.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 6   Context
Lily drew away with a movement of quick disdain: it was easier to endure his insolence than his commiseration.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 7   Context
The words, and the movement which accompanied them, combined to startle Lily out of the state of tranced subservience into which she had insensibly slipped.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 7   Context
An understanding of what such domination would mean, and of the disadvantages accruing from her rejection of it, was brought home to Lily with increasing clearness during the early weeks of the winter.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 8   Context
Lily, for all her dissatisfied dreaming, had never really conceived the possibility of revolving about a different centre: it was easy enough to despise the world, but decidedly difficult to find any other habitable region.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 8   Context
It was not till some two weeks after her visit from Lily that Gerty had the opportunity of communicating her fears to Selden.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 8   Context
When Lily woke on the morning after her translation to the Emporium Hotel, her first feeling was one of purely physical satisfaction.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 9   Context
But strangest of all to Lily was the encounter, in this latter group, of several of her acquaintances.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 9   Context
Lily had an odd sense of being behind the social tapestry, on the side where the threads were knotted and the loose ends hung.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 9   Context
There was as yet nothing definable in the situation, which might well resolve itself into a huge joke on the part of the other two; but Lily had a vague sense that the subject of their experiment was too young, too rich and too credulous.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 9   Context
That Lily was a star fallen from that sky did not, after the first stir of curiosity had subsided, materially add to their interest in her.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 10   Context
Lily was confident that the clerk would fill it without hesitation; yet the nervous dread of a refusal, or even of an expression of doubt, communicated itself to her restless hands as she affected to examine the bottles of perfume stacked on the glass case before her.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 10   Context
Lily uttered no protest, and when he had paused to make sure of his change they emerged from the hotel and crossed Sixth Avenue again.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 10   Context
Fisher seemed disposed to rest from her labours; and Lily, understanding the reason, could not condemn her.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 10   Context
But to Lily herself, aware that the legacy could not be put to such a use, the preliminary training seemed a wasted effort.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 10   Context
This fleeting glimpse of her past served to emphasize the sense of aimlessness with which Lily at length turned toward home.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 11   Context
If this were the case, his return showed that the struggle had been unsuccessful, for Lily knew he was not the man to waste his time in an ineffectual sentimental dalliance.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 11   Context
The arguments pleading for it with Lily were the old unanswerable ones of the personal situation: the sense of injury, the sense of failure, the passionate craving for a fair chance against the selfish despotism of society.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 11   Context
A hum of shrill voices reverberated against the low ceiling, leaving Lily shut out in a little circle of silence.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 11   Context
As complete darkness fell on the square the lingering occupants of the benches rose and dispersed; but now and then a stray figure, hurrying homeward, struck across the path where Lily sat, looming black for a moment in the white circle of electric light.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 13   Context
Lily, instead of answering, rose with a smile and held out her arms; and the mother, understanding the gesture, laid her child in them.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 13   Context
The baby, feeling herself detached from her habitual anchorage, made an instinctive motion of resistance; but the soothing influences of digestion prevailed, and Lily felt the soft weight sink trustfully against her breast.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 13   Context
Carrying it to the light, Lily read with surprise the address stamped on the upper corner of the envelope.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 13   Context
Lily sat down beside the desk at the foot of her bed, and spreading out the cheque, read over and over the TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS written across it in a steely business hand.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 13   Context
He felt that the real Lily was still there, close to him, yet invisible and inaccessible; and the tenuity of the barrier between them mocked him with a sense of helplessness.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 14   Context
She was like some rare flower grown for exhibition, a flower from which every bud had been nipped except the crowning blossom of her beauty.
Edith Wharton
House of Mirth, BOOK 2: Chapter 13   Context
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WAR: War and Peace(V1) by Leo Tolstoy
SPRING by Ayn Rand
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ANGER: Anna Karenina(V1) by Leo Tolstoy
MAN: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar ...
HAPPY by Mark Twain
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COURAGE by Ayn Rand
FUTURE by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) ...
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DEATH: War and Peace(V2) by Leo Tolstoy
DREAM by H. G. Wells
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MOM: Hard Times by Charles Dickens
WOMAN by Thomas Hardy
LEARN by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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COOL by Margaret Mitche
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PEACE by Harriet Beecher Stowe
ART: Anna Karenina(V1) by Leo Tolstoy
WED by Virginia Woolf
BUSINESS by Herman Melville
DIET by Frances Hodgson Burnett
WOMAN by D H Lawrence
GREAT: Anna Karenina(V2) by Leo Tolstoy
HORSE by Louisa May Alcott
DAD: The Trial by Franz Kafka
HOPE: Les Misérables (V2) by Victor Hugo
DREAM by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
FEAR: Les Misérables (V2) by Victor Hugo
HOPE by F. Scott Fitzgerald
ROMANTIC by Charles Dickens
MUSIC by Kate Chopin
KNOWLEDGE by Harriet Beecher Stowe
FAMILY: The Narrative of the Life by ...
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AUTUMN: Hard Times by Charles Dickens
HISTORY by Upton Sinclair
MARRIAGE by Margaret Mitche
FREEDOM by Edith Wharton
ART by Niccolo Machiavelli
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