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The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
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Aug 11, 2007

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Elena Deceptive title, I experienced no mirth and was so very disappointed with the ending. Literature of punishment. Lily - a frivolous girl, not rich enough for her crowd, gradually punished. Shame hovers over her and kills her. She allows a friend's husband to invest some money for her. He tricks her and just gives her money, then has 'expectations'. At times felt like reading a bodice ripper of a bestseller - shallow intrigue and obsession with status, mean women, and alien like men. I liked the spinster 'do-gooder' Gerty living in a low ceilinged flat and doing good works. She was resigned to a 'dull face - dull fate'. In comparison with Lily not such a bad deal. The setting is turn of the century New York, Monaco, Nice and the Hamptons.

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