With sudden vividness Waythorn saw how the instinct had developed. I hope the black blobs up there you can call paragraphs actually make sense. The course of Lily's illness ran smooth, and as the days passed Waythorn grew used to the idea of Haskett's weekly visit. The husband eventually comes to accept his wife's personality and past, and the presence of her exes in their lives, even becoming thankful for his wife's serene demeanor. Works on Wall Street with Gus Varick. For Wharton the story was not a means of apprenticeship before writing novels but an end in itself.
Haskett had to offer Alice. It was after seven when Waythorn reached home. Waythorn did not wish to be outdone in civility. Waythorn felt that this exploration of Haskett was like groping about with a dark-lantern in his wife's past. She was very fond of Lily - her affection for the child had perhaps been her decisive charm in Waythorn's eyes - but she had the perfectly balanced nerves which her little girl had inherited, and no woman ever wasted less tissue in unproductive worry. A day earlier the contrast would have charmed him. He had known when he married that his wife's former husbands were both living, and that amid the multiplied contacts of modern existence there were a thousand chances to one that he would run against one or the other, yet he found himself as much disturbed by his brief encounter with Haskett as though the law had not obligingly removed all difficulties in the way of their meeting.
On the way home they would stop and look at the illuminated shop-windows, lingering over the photographs of New York actresses. Waythorn becomes more comfortable with his wife's ex-husband visiting their daughter, partly because he never has to see the man. In 1908 her husband's mental state was determined to be incurable. Waythorn learns Alice has lied to him, because she has presented herself in the way high society has taught her. Meanwhile, Waythorn's relationship with Alice becomes strained. It was published in Xingu 1916 and thus is included here.
He dropped his wife's hands. The course of Lily's illness ran smooth, and as the days passed Waythorn grew used to the idea of Haskett's weekly visit. She visited the trenches, and was within earshot of artillery fire. I've been away - I only got back last night. Varick and Waythorn work together, which isn't quite awkward but weird nun-the less.
Allen depicts Wharton as a struggling female, reacting against both the limitations placed upon her literature and the social forces that confined her to unhappiness for much of her life. The lie in a house where butlers, maids, and nurses are at their every beck and call. This results in her ability to manipulate her outward appearance in order to appear as expected and to successfully accomplish her ambitions. True, a decent time had elapsed, and it was not even suggested that Waythorn had supplanted his predecessor. Haskett, thus gaining reputation by helping society accept her divorce Wharton 223. Open Tennis Championship runner-up who would go on to become Governor of Rhode Island.
In 1920 she acquired Château Ste. I'm afraid he's pretty bad. Before she could even read or write, she would pick up a book and walk about, turning its pages and inventing tales. One evening, Waythorn comes home and meets with Haskell in the library. When the war ended, she watched the Victory Parade from the Champs Elysees' balcony of a friend's apartment. But when it was known that she was to marry Waythorn there was a momentary reaction. He always refused to recognize unpleasant contingencies till he found himself confronted with them, and then he saw them followed by a special train of consequences.
Alice Waythorn's third marriage is different. Waythorn sprang up and began to pace the room nervously. The juxtaposition of these two men and lifestyles shows a disparity between money, proving a social climb taking place with Alice. The nurse spoke as reassuringly, and after a moment of alarm Mrs. He had the sense of having found refuge in a richer, warmer nature than his own, and his satisfaction, at the moment, was humorously summed up in the thought that his wife, when she had done all she could for Lily, would not be ashamed to come down and enjoy a good dinner.
The Other Two was not my normal fare but I appreciated the interesting psychology of the story, and the fashions and practices of the yester-year New York scene. He stood staring about the softly lighted room, which a moment before had seemed so full of bridal intimacy. Varick and Waythorn although that is his business partner. Haskett should see Lily but not under his roof per say. Also, that whenever Alice Waythorn talks to her ex-husbands, Mr. He turned away now, choosing a cigar with affected deliberation.
He could fancy how pretty Alice must have looked, in a dress adroitly constructed from the hints of a New York fashion-paper; how she must have looked down on the other women, chafing at her life, and secretly feeling that she belonged in a bigger place. Waythorn dropped into another chair, staring vaguely ahead of him. If there had been any element of passion in the transaction he would have felt less deteriorated by it. Waythorn felt that this exploration of Haskett was like groping about with a dark-lantern in his wife's past; but he saw now that there were recesses his lantern had not explored. And after all - why not? She is a divorcee of 2 marriages pretty incredible for a woman of the time , while for her husband theirs is his first marriage. She set down the coffee-pot, and reaching for the decanter of cognac, measured off a liqueur-glass and poured it into his cup.