| Quote #1
She smiled up at him frankly. "But I don't think you dislike me – and you can't possibly think I want to marry you."
Lily and Selden have a candor and frankness in their rapport lacking in any other relationship seen in House of Mirth.
| Quote #2
It had always seemed to Selden that experience offered a great deal besides the sentimental adventure, yet he could vividly conceive of a love which should broaden and deepen till it became the central fact of life. (1.14.9)
Does Selden's love for Lily ever reach this pinnacle of his idealism?
| Quote #3
But she is dangerous – and if I ever saw her up to mischief it's now. I can tell by poor George's manner. That man is a perfect barometer – he always knows when Bertha is going to – – "
Bertha and George Dorset's relationship is representative of a typical marriage among society's elite. It's no wonder Lily isn't looking forward to joining that big tea table in the garden.