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Critical Essay by Ruth Bernard Yeazell

SOURCE: Yeazell, Ruth Bernard. “The Conspicuous Wasting of Lily Bart.” In New Essays on “The House of Mirth,” edited by Deborah Esch, pp. 15-41. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

In the following essay, Yeazell examines the milieu of appearances and consumption in which Lily must navigate and which ultimately leads to her downfall.

Few fictional heroines have been as consistently under observation as Lily Bart, and few heroes have proved such consistent observers as Lawrence Selden.1 Yet he scarcely registers her most notable performance. Indeed, by the time that Lily drops Bertha Dorset's letters into Selden's fireplace, the very inconspicuousness of the act testifies to its moral significance. In “a world where conspicuousness passed for distinction, and the society column had become the roll of fame...

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