Formerly the social climber was the parvenu, the vulgar person, recently enriched, who sought by means of her wealth to associate with people of position. That is the class of person held up to ridicule in such books as "The Yellow-plush Papers," "Ten Thousand a Year," and "The Potiphar Papers." Nowadays the social struggler must enter the fray with a far more complete outfit than that of mere money, or she stands no chance of success. Intelligence, a certain amount of culture, real or imitation, never-ending perseverance ...
Formerly the social climber was the parvenu, the vulgar person, recently enriched, who sought by means of her wealth to associate with people of position. That is the class of person held up to ridicule in such books as "The Yellow-plush Papers," "Ten Thousand a Year," and "The Potiphar Papers." Nowadays the social struggler must enter the fray with a far more complete outfit than that of mere money, or she stands no chance of success. Intelligence, a certain amount of culture, real or imitation, never-ending perseverance and a goodly proportion of that cleverness that is quick to perceive and profit by the weaknesses of others-these are the weapons with which the climber of to-day seeks to capture the desired position. In describing the career of Lucia Grimson Mr. Benson has given us one of his best stories and drawn some of his best characters. First of these is Lucia herself, beautiful, clever and condemned to that hopelessly dull existence which is the lot of the British alone among the nations of the earth, and from which matrimony seems to offer the only escape. Lord Brayton appears upon the scene, and to secure this eligible husband Lucia exerts every effort and ruse. Brayton is something of a prig, but a good fellow withal, desirous of doing his duty as a citizen, and sincere in his wish to have his influence, his house, and his name stand for something higher than mere fashion. His appreciation of culture is real, though perhaps a little conscious and laboured, and it is by playing skillfully upon this trait of character that Lucia wins him, and deliberately, although she knows that her best friend, Maud, is in love with him. After a few years of married life she begins to find her husband rather tiresome and realises the difficulty of keeping up her pose of caring only for the higher things of life, but she has gained so much by her marriage that these are but trifles. Up to this time her heart, such as it is, has been entirely untouched when, suddenly, comes her emotional experience. Maud has married a cousin of Lord Brayton's and is very happy. Charlie is attracted by Lucia, as all men are; she begins by liking to exert her power over him, and before she knows it, the mischief is done and each is aware of the other's sentiments. No feeling of loyalty to the man who had given her so much, no touch of pity for the woman whom she is again robbing, assails Lucia. She encourages Charlie and draws him on, with the usual result of detection, exposure, and the Divorce Court. Maud sends her husband away for six months, at the end of which time he is to choose between his wife and Lucia. Should his choice be the latter, Maud will do what she can to make their marriage possible;, should he decide in favour of his wife, she will take him back. Lucia goes back to the dull home in Brixton to await her sentence, which comes, six months later, in the form of a paragraph in the paper announcing that Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindsay are in town for the remainder of the season. Her doom is sealed, and from thenceforward her life stretches on before her like a dusty road, dull and hopeless. Lucia is plainly the descendant of Dodo, the author's earlier creation, though a little more modern, a little better educated, and far more of a manoeuverer. -"The Bookman," Vol. 29
Good + Octavo, 7 3/4" tall, 346 pages, gilt titles, decorated red cloth. A good +, clean, neat hard cover edition over all with moderate shelf wear over alland rubbing at the corners, but fraying started at the bspine cloth corners of cloth; hinges and binding solid, paper lightly yellowed with previous owner bookplate on front endpaper Lacking dust jacket. A terrific readiing copy.
Very Good. First American edition (no additional printings listed). Original light brown cloth, 346 pp, illustrated with frontispiece. Hardcover, very good, no dustjacket. Some drop marks on cloth, corners bumped, tanning on endpapers, otherwise tight, clean, paper crisp, unmarked. Novel; modern first; literature.
None jacket. 346 pages. Brown-orange cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on front cover and spine. Foxing on front endpapers and frontispiece. Page edges browned. Light edgewear, especially at spine. Minor rubbing to corners. Previous owner's inscription on front endpaper. Record # 803076.
Good. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that'll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.
Good. No dust jacket. 475 pages. No dust jacket. Red boards. Cracks to hinges, text pages tight with some loose pages. Light tanning and foxing to text pages with mild tanning and foxing to endpapers and text edges. Small bumps to corners. Few dog eared corners. Finger marks to page edges. Uneven text pages. Some pencil annotations to paste-down. Softening to spine with mild bleaching, sunning to spine, boards and edges. Water marks to spine, boards and edges. A few marks, wear and bumps to spine ends, boards and edges. Slight lean to spine. Small bumps to corners with bumps to boards edges. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1509377358CLK (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
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