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The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
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Wharton's classic story of an aging (by Victorian-era standards) spinster socialite who would rather marry for money than for true love.

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The House of Mirth

BY

EDITH WHARTON

BOOK ONE

Chapter 1

Selden paused in surprise. In the afternoon rush of the Grand Central Station his eyes had been refreshed by the sight of Miss Lily Bart.

It was a Monday in early September, and he was returning to his work from a hurried dip into the country; but what was Miss Bart doing in town at that season? If she had appeared to be catching a train, he might have inferred that he had come on her in the act of transition between one and another of the country houses which disputed her presence after the close of the Newport season; but her desultory air perplexed him. She stood apart from the crowd, letting it drift by her to the platform or the street, and wearing an air of irresolution which might, as he surmised, be the mask of a very definite purpose. It struck him at once that she was waiting for some one, but he hardly knew why the idea arrested him. There was nothing new about Lily Bart, yet he could never see her without a faint movement of interest: it was characteristic of her that she always roused speculation, that her simplest acts seemed the result of far reaching intentions... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 7, 2014
Subject: House of Mirth
The narrator/reader is excellent. Want to hear him hit a sci fi or mystery! But for all his good reading the book starts centering on the tough road of women, why, when and how. I quit listening. Too boring.
October 4, 2013
Wonderful reading! I keep returning to this book again and again!


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