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1  She was conscious of having been forgetful, awkward and slow to learn.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 11
2  It was a shock to her to learn afterward that he was but two years older than her mother.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 3
3  You say your friends have persuaded you to play cards with them; well, they may as well learn a lesson too.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 15
4  Since it was her fate to live in a boarding-house, she must learn to fall in with the conditions of the life.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 13
5  It was not, after all, opportunity but imagination that he lacked: he had a mental palate which would never learn to distinguish between railway tea and nectar.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 2
6  As to the nature of Selden's growing kindness, Gerty would no more have dared to define it than she would have tried to learn a butterfly's colours by knocking the dust from its wings.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 14
7  It was a small group still, with heterogeneous figures suspended in large unpeopled spaces; but Lily did not take long to learn that its regulation was no longer in Mr. Stancy's hands.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 9
8  It did not occur to her that Selden might have been actuated merely by the desire to spend a Sunday out of town: women never learn to dispense with the sentimental motive in their judgments of men.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 5
9  As far as Lily could learn, this had hitherto been Mr. Gryce's only occupation, and she might have been pardoned for thinking it not too hard a task to interest a young man who had been kept on such low diet.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 2
10  She knew that to betray any sense of superiority was a subtler form of the stupidity her mother denounced, and it did not take her long to learn that a beauty needs more tact than the possessor of an average set of features.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 3
11  She understood clearly enough that, even if she could ever learn to compete with hands formed from childhood for their special work, the small pay she received would not be a sufficient addition to her income to compensate her for such drudgery.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 10
12  At any rate, though she remained haughtily at Bellomont, Lily suspected in her a devouring eagerness to hear of what she had missed, and to learn exactly in what measure Mrs. Wellington Bry had surpassed all previous competitors for social recognition.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 13
13  But to this suggestion Miss Bart opposed a negative which Gerty emphatically supported, while Mrs. Fisher, inwardly unconvinced, but resigned to this latest proof of Lily's unreason, agreed that perhaps in the end it would be more useful that she should learn the trade.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 10
14  The air of improvisation was in fact strikingly present: so recent, so rapidly-evoked was the whole MISE-EN-SCENE that one had to touch the marble columns to learn they were not of cardboard, to seat one's self in one of the damask-and-gold arm-chairs to be sure it was not painted against the wall.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 12
15  At first, indeed, while the memory of their last hour at Monte Carlo still held the full heat of his indignation, he had anxiously watched for her return; but she had disappointed him by lingering in England, and when she finally reappeared it happened that business had called him to the West, whence he came back only to learn that she was starting for Alaska with the Gormers.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 8
16  Lily, therefore, had not only contrived to put herself in the young man's way, but had made the acquaintance of Mrs. Gryce, a monumental woman with the voice of a pulpit orator and a mind preoccupied with the iniquities of her servants, who came sometimes to sit with Mrs. Peniston and learn from that lady how she managed to prevent the kitchen-maid's smuggling groceries out of the house.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 2
17  For this reason he had been especially pleased to learn that she would, as usual, attend the young Trenors to church on Sunday morning; and as he paced the gravel sweep before the door, his light overcoat on his arm and his prayer-book in one carefully-gloved hand, he reflected agreeably on the strength of character which kept her true to her early training in surroundings so subversive to religious principles.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 5
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