Lily Bart needs to marry. She’s twenty-nine and time is ticking. In Book I chapter III, she has her sights set on the wealthy Percy Gryce. He’s quite the catch. Who cares if he’s not the most intellectually stimulating. He’s rich! Lily must play her cards right. Not the ones she’d like to play in bridge, but the “gotta-reel-him-in-he’s-a-big-one” cards.
This potential match is going to involve some sacrifice on Lily’s part.
…she could not ignore him on the morrow, she must followup her success, must submit to more boredom, must be ready with fresh compliances and adaptablilites, and all on the bare chance that he might ultimately decide to do her the honour of boring her for life.
Oh! Isn’t that what all girls dream of?
A man who will bore her for life.
Can you imagine that no one has snatched him up yet?