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The house of mirth
Edith Wharton
Adult Fiction WHARTON

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main characters Lily Bart
Female
Age: 29
Orphan
Lives with her wealthy aunt; raised to believe her looks would restore her wealth; unable to manage money; in debt; bored with the men in her social class; finds herself falling in love with Lawrence; does not defends herself against false accusations and rumors started by Bertha; refuses to blackmail Bertha though it would have solved all her financial problems; her aunt gives her cousin all of the inheritance leaving Lily nothing.

Lawrence Selden
Male
Penniless; quick-witted; collected first edition books; indecisive in regards to his feelings for Lily.
Lawyer

Bertha Dorset
Female
Married
Unfaithful to her husband; falsely accuses Lily of sleeping with her husband and of having a gambling problem; enjoys starting rumors and gossip; jealous of Lily; ruins Lily's reputation.



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