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The House of Mirth
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  • He was no less conscious than before of what was said of Lily Bart, but he could separate the woman he knew from the vulgar estimate of her.
  • But it was in the quality of his admiration that she read his shrewd estimate of her case.
  • Only as much as she had chosen to show him, and measured by the world’s estimate, how little that was!
  • It certainly simplified life to view it as a perpetual adjustment, a play of party politics, in which every concession had its recognized equivalent: Lily’s tired mind was fascinated by this escape from fluctuating ethical estimates into a region of concrete weights and measures.
  • How any one could come to such a damned hole as the Riviera—any one with a grain of imagination—with the whole Mediterranean to choose from: but then, if one’s estimate of a place depended on the way they broiled a spring chicken!

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