Chapter 3 Summary

That night at Bellomont, Lily loses badly at bridge and goes exhausted up to bed. As she undresses, she reflects that she spent the whole afternoon letting Mr. Gryce bore her—and that she will have to do the same thing tomorrow. At the moment, her greatest hope is that "he might ultimately decide to do her the honor of boring her for life."

Lily has little choice but to think this way. She must either pursue a man like Mr. Gryce or live a dowdy existence like Gerty Farish’s. The latter option would not work for Lily. She craves beautiful, luxurious surroundings. For now she lives in such surroundings only because other people invite her to join them at their parties. She has no control over her own circumstances,...

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