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Madame De Treymes

Edith Wharton

Book Overview: 

Edith Wharton's novella explores the milieu of Americans living abroad in Paris. New Yorker John Durham travels to Paris to woo an old flame, Fanny Frisbee, now the Marquis de Malrive. Fanny is separated from her husband and wants to marry John and return to America, but she doubts whether her Catholic husband will grant her a divorce. When John meets Fanny's sister-in-law, the enigmatic Madame de Treymes, he hopes she may be able to help them in their quest for happiness.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Monsieur de Malrive is the least likely to give you trouble; and the others are his uncle the abbe, his mother and sister. That kind of a syndicate doesn't scare me much. A priest and two women contra mundum!"

She shook her head. "Not contra mundum, but with it, their whole world is behind them. It's that mysterious solidarity that you can't understand. One doesn't know how far they may reach, or in how many directions. I have never known. They have always cropped up where I least expected them."

Before this persistency of negation Durham's buoyancy began to flag, but his determination grew the more fixed.

"Well, then, supposing them to possess these supernatural powers; do you think it's to people of that kind that I'll ever consent to give you up?"

She raised a half-smiling glance of protest. "Oh, they're not wantonly wicked. They'll leave me alone as long as—"

"As I do?" he interrupted. "Do you wa. . . Read More

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2. Madame De Treymes by Edith Wharton
published: 1906
format: Kindle ebook (calling it 87 pages)
acquired: November, read: Jan 5-15
time reading: 2:14, 1.5 mpp, rating: 3
genre/style: Henry James style semi-classic
locations: Paris, theme: Wharton
about the author: 1862-1937. Born Edith Newbold Jones on We


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