You despise my ambitions—you think them unworthy of me!
She had died during one of their brief visits to New York, and there Lily at once became the centre of a family council composed of the wealthy relatives whom she had been taught to despise for living like pigs.
Suddenly it struck him that his silence must seem almost as accusatory as that of the men he had despised for turning from her; but before he could find the fitting word she had cut him short with a question.
For he was gradually attaining his object in life, and that, to Lily, was always less despicable than to miss it.
Much as she disliked Rosedale, she no longer absolutely despised him.
Lily, for all her dissatisfied dreaming, had never really conceived the possibility of revolving about a different centre: it was easy enough to despise the world, but decidedly difficult to find any other habitable region.
"Sometimes," she added, "I think it’s just flightiness—and sometimes I think it’s because, at heart, she despises the things she’s trying for.
"Don’t you think," she rejoined after a moment, "that the people who find fault with society are too apt to regard it as an end and not a means, just as the people who despise money speak as if its only use were to be kept in bags and gloated over?