Chapter 12 Summary

Lily’s conscience is troubled by the idea that she owes Mr. Trenor for his favor to her; she constantly looks for ways to appease him without compromising her morals. Mrs. Trenor is still living at Bellomont, finding the country home more interesting than New York during a dull season. One weekend Lily goes there for a visit. Everyone welcomes her, but she finds little opportunity to speak to Mr. Trenor. She notices that people are generally annoyed at her for her recent kindness to the Brys and to Mr. Rosedale.

When Lily returns to town, she hears that the Brys are holding a huge party. This is a dangerous thing for a couple in their position to do:

To attack society collectively, when...

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