Socialite Suspense

19 May

Book 1, chapter 13

My chapter notes:

Gus Trenor tricks Lily Bart into coming over.  He wants “payment” for the money he gave her.  Lily Bart hates herself for allowing the situation to happen.  She’s afraid.  Her normal man-tricks aren’t working on Trenor.  Eventually Trenor remembers his proper upbringing, and Lily Bart leaves the home.  A mysterious stranger (who we find out in the next chapter is Selden) sees her leaving the Trenor home at an improper hour when the lady of the house is not there.

**** This reminds me of Crime and Punishment!  When Svidrigailov meets up with Dounia and reveals that her brother Raskolnikov is a murderer.

I think this is HoM’s most suspenseful chapter.
How did this chapter make you feel about GusTrenor?


Posted by on May 19, 2013 in The House of Mirth


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2 responses to “Socialite Suspense

  1. Ruth @ Experiment with The Well-Educated Mind

    May 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I hated this situation that Lily was in. I knew once again that she was going to look as if she was doing something wrong, and sure enough – Lawrence saw her and assumed the worst. After this, I really despised Gus.

  2. dangermom

    May 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Yep, Gus is despicable. I *also* have a problem with Selden, who consistently assumes the worst about Lily and never gives her a chance to explain.


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