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By Edith Wharton

In a tradition ruled by means of males who refuse to take ladies heavily, except them from the true enterprise of existence, Undine Spragg moves out to find how a ways attractiveness and bold can hold her.

She makes use of her reputation like a blunt software and golf equipment her approach up the social ladder with a chain of more and more constructive marriages.

She is the small city woman made strong, the country who outsmarts long island society and strikes directly to continental princelings. There appears no restrict to her conquests, yet happiness evades her. we will be able to expect her fall, yet are powerless to intervene.

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52 Failure of Fishing To close the door on long days, to enter the welcome broken club chair, magazines askew, plate she has left waiting: I see my son and a white dog, summer field like a lantern glow, only it’s my son’s son, or maybe his son’s son, face hardly exposed yet that will hang onto a man like a pond’s smell. Maybe that’s all we get to keep, the half-seen, or not even that, walloping frog, a leaper, literal’s shadow, hum and bite at neck, place where I looped my little light-test line, talking for swirls of bass, saying oh hell, be a big crappie, at least.

Or I’m scared, caught, guessing. Face an instant’s all he is, less, and I’m over the crest, wind eddies so strong bridge, car, bodies fuse, easy to believe a plummet’s coming, now’s exposed crack ticking, us just blood something’s jiggled. Could I have stopped him, son of a bitch at the edge? You’re too late, seagulls shriek. Black chops below, horns honk as if God wants me to move on, so I do, queasy and tracked in mid-air. Drive, the grid snicks at each of our tires, rust welds 33 and rivets cradling us over the deep we wheel past, trembling.

A man’s place. 3. He feels the stitches strain, his skin heaving up, out. She’s watching from the kitchen window, but what could she do if he toppled as if shot? 45 What could she do if he would lie there smelling onions just cut by the drive? Help’s all so far away from these acres he mows, pushing, breath the sump’s gargle into the brook. Tomorrow they’ll fly, clinic, Houston, no stacked books, framed children, cry of ravens the color her hair used to be, new words like instruments chilled, calibrated.

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