20 January 2012

Well Said: Lily Bart

Manhattan debutante turned silent-movie actress Katherine Harris Barrymore (1891-1927). She portrayed Lily Bart in director Albert Capellani's 1918 film of "The House of Mirth."

"If only I could do over my aunt's drawing-room, I know I should be a better woman."

So said Lily Bart, tragic heroine of Edith Wharton's 1905 novel The House of Mirth.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Such a sad story, but "The House of Mirth" is one of my favorite books.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Forever one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite books. One can't but identify with a heroine disturbed by the wrong decor.

Unknown said...

This book is such a devastation for me. When I read it at school it felt like Mrs. Wharton was showing me how my life would all play out. Little did I know...

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

be still my heart! the Aesthete Reigns. pgt
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home before dark said...

One of my favorites as well. So many life lessons.

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Washington Cube said...

Probably the most heartbreaking of Warton's books (and characters,) and she was a woman who knew. I have re-written Lily's fate many times in my head.

the modern sybarite ™ said...

.. and a better man!

Kim Grey said...

A wonderful quote from one of my favourite books. I had forgotten that line. I remember having such thoughts, as a little girl, when visiting my aunts.

Durai said...

Very nice, Really looking great....

penelopebianchi said...

I remember as a little girl having the same thoughts about LOTS of rooms of my relatives and friends.

Guess what? I still do!!! Good grief! I just turned 65!!!

And I hope I always will!