February 23 -- the other two

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 February 23 Edith Wharton  “The Other Two” SECTION I - 1525: “His own life had been a grey one” - Hadn’t seen the ‘sun’ of a good life until he met Alice  - Alice presented as a used woman  o Woman is supposed to be a virgin and untouched o This turns the virginal status (unsoiled status) into a commodity  (dehumanizes the woman) turns her into a marketable object  However encouraged that men would explore and have sexual  knowledge  o Divorce = saving grace  - Knows wife’s history, she moves up with each husband’s status - ** 6 paragraphs down o Alice Haskett was a passport to the … Moving up the ladder, “a NY divorce itself is a diploma of virtue” –  people don’t seek to get into these situations (ironic perspective)  that Wharton brings into this  Divorce was her saving grace, kind of refers to divorce as a “career”  - Next paragraph (1525 bottom)  o “smile at innuendos” – her past marriages become fact as her husband  comes and she has a child o “wall street phrase—had ‘decounted’ them” – hadn’t really  acknowledged it o This is a story about business due to economic metaphors
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- Alice has learned to be very calm and assured on surface with protection of  money and knowledge of manners, she is still very worried that how things  are being run as her first husband doesn’t like how her daughter Lily is  being raised (taught by French guy?) so they must have a talk and see each  other  - 1526 -- “nothing was known about Haskett in NY” society of unknowns, the 
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