Now that you’ve met Lily Bart…

29 Apr

House of Mirth Check-in

What do you think of Lily Bart?

I’m finding her a mix of Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina: obsessed with possessions and manipulative of men.

Even so, I’m sticking with the story.  I want to know how the title figures in.  I haven’t seen evidence of a lot of mirth.

How did your reading go this week?  Please leave your place in the comments.


Posted by on April 29, 2013 in The House of Mirth


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9 responses to “Now that you’ve met Lily Bart…

  1. Jeannette

    April 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Finished “Book One” yesterday.

  2. Tonia

    April 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I’m on chapter 10 now. An easy read just not one of my favorites – like you I’m noticing the similarities between Lily and Anna and Emma.

  3. Patty Sessions

    April 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I’m halfway through Part Two, so nearly done. Lily is very difficult to like. If I try I can manage some pity.

  4. An Experiment with the Well-Educated Mind

    April 30, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Anna, Emma, and even a little Eustacia and Isabel Archer rolled into one.

    I just finished chapter 12 of book one today, but not able to get in as much reading as I would have liked.

    • Christine

      April 30, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Of course, Eustacia! How could I forget her man-hunting/quest for wealth?

  5. Christina Joy

    April 30, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I’ve been caught in a never-ending loop of Chapter 14 for the last three days. Hopefully this evening I’ll be able to break through and finish Book One.

    Here’s my dirty little secret: I like Lily. But now that I see that everyone else is struggling with her and comparing her to my least favorite literary damsels I’m going to have to evaluate my feelings.

    • An Experiment with the Well-Educated Mind

      April 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

      She is likable. There are qualities about her that give hope; and then there are those that cause pity. She’s a mixed bag. I don’t think she’s evil, but I just think she is confused. Or maybe I am being too sensitive about her. We’ll see.

      • Christina Joy

        April 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Whew, I feel better now, thank you. And I’m afraid you’re probably right about the whole “we’ll see” thing, I’m a little concerned for her future.

    • Christine

      April 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      I like Lily too. In the same way I liked Anna K (at least at the start). Everyone likes her; that’s part of her magic. But I too am nervous about how this is going to end.


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