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Miss Grace Stepney in The House of Mirth

By Edith Wharton

Miss Grace Stepney

Mrs. Peniston's niece and Lily's cousin. Grace is an example of what pride ultimately costs Lily; by not cultivating a relationship with Grace, Lily leaves herself open to attack. It is Grace who blabs to Mrs. Peniston about Lily's questionable activities and, arguably, who costs Lily the inheritance.