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Jenny Lily Barts Loneliness A Self-Realization Loneliness is a prevalent theme throughout Edith Whartons novel The House of Mirth The following passage relates to the theme of loneliness and dramatizes Lily Barts dilemma of poverty All she looked on was the same and yet changed There was a great gulf fixed between today and yesterday Everything in the past seemed simple natural full of daylight-and she was alone in a place of darkness and pollution-Alone It was the loneliness that frightened her p142 The passage shows the abrupt loneliness Lily feels since she loses her friends and it also dramatizes her poverty by enabling her to reach a startling realization about herself Lily realizes that the loneliness she feels is not due to not having friends or money but the fact that she had been living a life so poor in purpose or reason Lily begins to feel lonely after she quickly loses the company of her friends In the past she enjoyed a simple life of playing bridge and attending fancy dinners with the wealthy women of high society But now her reputation is shattered and she realizes the women in her society are cruel and would not hesitate to talk about her behind her back She knew moreover that if the ladies at Bellomont permitted themselves to criticize her friends openly it was a proof that they were not afraid of subjecting her to the same treatment behind her back p125 Lily feels so lonely that she is desperate in rebuilding her reputation and the first step in the tedious task was to find out as soon as possible on how many of her friends she could count p 217 But without the money and luxuries that her old friends had Lily finds she has even fewer friends to count on that she thought making it very difficult to regain her position in high society Lilys
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