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Book 1, Chapter 1 Lawrence Selden, a young lawyer, watches Lily Bart at a train station. She sees him, too, and asks if she can spend time... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 2 On the train Lily Bart spies Percy Gryce, a shy and boring but wealthy man whose main interest is collecting Americana, ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 3 At Bellomont everyone plays bridge for money. Lily Bart plays and loses. She knows she almost has Percy Gryce in her gra... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 4 Because she is so dependent on her friends' kindness, and because she has so little money, Lily Bart, in order to attend... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 5 Trying to please Percy Gryce, Lily Bart has said that she always goes to church. Gryce waits for her by the omnibus but ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 6 Lily Bart and Lawrence Selden go for a walk on a path across a meadow, by sugar maples, oak groves, and farm houses. The... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 7 Judy Trenor is appalled that Lily Bart has not snared Percy Gryce—all of her friends stayed away from him and gave her t... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 8 Lily Bart receives a thousand-dollar check from Trenor, pays off debts, and orders new things at the same time. Judy Tre... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 9 When Lily Bart returns from the wedding, her Aunt Peniston is having her house cleaned. Lily is disgusted by her aunt's ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 10 Autumn is boring for Lily Bart because she is staying home with her aunt. She runs into Gerty Farish at a moment when sh... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 11 People in Lily Bart's circle are feeling poor because most have lost more on Wall Street than they have gained; only Sim... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 12 Lily Bart is befriending the Dorsets in hopes that she can "make use" of her enemy, Bertha Dorset. She spends time talki... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 13 Lily Bart wakes up to find two notes at her bedtable, one from Judy Trenor, who asks her to dine with her, and one from ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 14 Gerty Farish is still feeling the pleasure of going to the Wellington Brys' house. She feels growing in her "a mild but ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 15 When Lily Bart wakes up, Gerty Farish has gone, performing the housekeeping functions Lily is accustomed to having maids... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 1 The scene changes to Monte Carlo, where Lawrence Selden is feeling sick about the last few months of his life. He is at ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 2 Lily Bart wakes up on the Dorset's yacht and finds herself alone. She enjoys the beauty around her—"and how she loved be... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 3 Lawrence Selden receives Lily Bart's telegram about George Dorset's problem and waits to meet him. After talking with Do... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 4 Lily Bart goes to London with the Duchess. The Dorsets, Brys, and Stepneys go back to New York and tell everyone their o... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 5 Lily Bart feels she is leaving her old life. Carry Fisher is kind to her and offers to take her to the Sam Gormers' for ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 6 At the Gormers, walking nearby, Lily Bart meets George Dorset. She does not want to be reminded of her experiences with ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 7 Lily Bart visits Carry Fisher and finds Mr. Rosedale there, playing with Carry's daughter. Lily realizes this meeting ha... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 8 Lily Bart realizes there is less intimacy than before between herself and the Gormers and thinks this is "simply the pow... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 9 Working as secretary to the socialite Mrs. Hatch is a strange experience for Lily Bart. Mrs. Hatch is a social climber a... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 10 Lily Bart is working in a hat shop, where she is sewing spangles on a hat rim crookedly. Lily has left Mrs. Hatch becaus... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 11 Lily Bart stands on Fifth Avenue watching the carriages go by; she sees her old friends in some of those carriages and h... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 12 Lily Bart visits Lawrence Selden. She apologizes for her anger at their last meeting. She thanks him for what he has sai... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 13 Lily Bart walks on, unaware of her surroundings. She is buoyant from the high of her conversation with Selden. But she b... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 14 The next morning Lawrence Selden walks to Lily Bart's boardinghouse. There is something he needs to say to her, a word t... Read More
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