Chapter 15 Summary

When Lily awakes the next morning, she learns that Gerty has already called Mrs. Peniston to explain where Lily is. Thanking her friend, Lily returns home, pacifies her aunt with a story about having stayed at Gerty’s due to illness, and goes to her room. There she tallies up the money she received from Mr. Trenor and realizes that it amounts to nine thousand dollars. She understands now that this money was not in any way her own, and she knows that she has to pay it back. It occurs to her “that a woman’s dignity may cost more to keep up than her carriage.”

After lunch, Lily goes to her aunt and admits that she is in debt. Her aunt scolds her for overspending and asks to see the dressmaker’s bill. Always eager...

(The entire section is 683 words.)