The House of Mirth
by Edith Wharton
The House of Mirth Morality Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)
But we're so different, you know: she likes being good, and I like being happy. (1.1.48)
What is the difference? Is it not possible for Lily to be both good and happy in House of Mirth?
A world in which such things could be seemed a miserable place to Lily Bart; but then she had never been able to understand the laws of a universe which was so ready to leave her out of its calculations. (1.3.10)
This ignorance and self-centeredness characterizes the Lily Bart of the first half of the novel. Compare this image to the woman who refuses to blackmail Bertha Dorset in Book II…