Chapter 19 Summary

Several weeks later, a crowd of Mrs. Peniston’s relatives gathers in her drawing room for the reading of her will. Grace Stepney, Mrs. Peniston’s "dear cousin and name-sake," shows real grief at the old lady’s death. Everyone else looks bored. Most assume that Miss Lily Bart will inherit the entire estate.

The door opens, and Lily appears with her friend Gerty Farish. Nobody snubs Lily outright, but her reception is cool. Lily chooses a seat apart from the others and reflects that life will be easier when she has Mrs. Peniston's money. Lily has not lived down the scandal caused by Mrs. Dorset's betrayal, but nobody shuns a rich woman.

A lawyer begins the reading of the will, which includes a long list...

(The entire section is 502 words.)