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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

Community Reviews

Um pequeno romance (praticamente uma novela) no qual ficam bem vincadas as diferenças basilares entre a velha aristocracia europeia (detentora de uma falsa moral e de um snobismo gritantes) e a burguesia norte-americana (autêntica, flexível e moralmente incorruptível).

Madame de Treymes é a repres...more

"Oh, we are of different races, with a different point of honour;"
This short novella of under 90 pages shows Wharton at her most Jamesian with a story centred on the different morals (and, incidentally, religious prescripts) of Americans and an old French family. Concerned with questions of lov...more

Very short but intense. Shows the difference between American society and French. It also is a love story.

Un exquisito -y breve- retrato de la sociedad americana y francesa a través de dos familias y un conflicto. Interesante como para querer leer más de Edith Wharton, pero no memorable.

2,5 estrellas. Me gusta porque se ve la hipocresia de la clase alta aristócrata en el siglo pasado en Francia, pero me ha decepcionado no sé me han gustado otros libros más de la autora que he leido.

Chilling.

Si hay algo que me gusta de los libros de Impedimenta es que casi siempre son tan preciosos por dentro como por fuera. Abrir un título de esta editorial supone embarcarse en un viaje repleto de elegancia, sofisticación y decadencia a partes iguales, un trayecto que, de cualquier modo, merece much...more

This feels like a dry run before The Custom of the Country, but with a different kind of outlook. Charming, deceitful, immoral French vs pure, naive and upstanding Americans. All of them totally useless people, by the way. Set in Paris. Bonus: Catholics are scary. Boo!

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