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The House of Mirth
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  • 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?

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  • She despises the people he has to work for.
  • They despise each other.

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