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Did Lily Bart have any other choice?
The most heart wrenching character in all of American Literature is Lily Bart, the beautiful and doomed heroine of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth. At the age of twenty nine, Lily considered herself "over the hill"; she claimed that. "Society was growing tired of her." She feigned interest in the passions of single men, eschewed the dampened ardor of Selden, and relied on her lack of knowledge to be conned in financial dealings.
Did she have any other choice at the end?
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