The House of Mirth is the story of Lily Bart, a woman caught between two dominating passions. The first is to live in wealth as part of the 1890s-era New York aristocracy, while the second is to find a man with whom to have a respectful and loving relationship. Lily is unable to reconcile her desires and slowly destroys her standing in society, becoming addicted to sleeping draughts and eventually dying alone of an overdose.

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