Chapter 18 Summary

Mr. Dorset, in need of a lawyer, goes to Lawrence Selden. Selden listens to the jilted husband’s complaints and advises him to talk with his wife before making any decisions. Whether or not the matter ends in divorce, it must not end in scandal. Selden would try to keep any such situation quiet, but in this case, he tries harder than usual. His own history with Mrs. Dorset does not trouble him much, but he is eager to shelter Lily from any social consequences for her hosts’ mistakes.

For the next couple of days, Mrs. Dorset continues behaving as if she is the one who has been wronged. Mr. Dorset speaks privately with her, and then he suddenly begins acting distant, as well. Lily tells herself that it is natural for...

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