Critical Incidents in Policing: Revised by James T.; Horn, James M.; Dunning, Christine; Editors Reese

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In her hardness, ugliness, poverty, and age, Mrs. Haffen is the monstrous specter of everything Lily most dreads, the very heart of dinginess. Trying to make money out of Bertha Dorset’s love letters, she also embodies the moral corruption Lily has come to fear in herself, the willingness to sacrifice all sense of value to the need to survive. Lily’s gradual and painful realization that her status as a lady does not exempt her from the sufferings of womanhood is conveyed through her perceptions of her own body as its exquisite ornamentality begins to decline.

As early as the 1880s, relationships between mothers and daughters became strained as daughters pressed for education, work, mobility, sexual autonomy, and power outside the female sphere. 5 These historical and social changes in women’s roles had effects on women’s writing as well. 6 Its plots were characterized by warmth, intense sisterly feeling, and a sacramental view of motherhood. As these “bonds of womanhood,” in Nancy Cott’s term, were being dissolved by cultural pressures toward heterosexual relationships, women’s plots changed as well.

Why had no one written a novel of New York society? The answer is fairly obvious—most people thought it offered nothing worth writing about. I was very nearly of the same mind; yet I had always felt that the field might prove to be a rich one for any writer with imagination enough to penetrate below the surface. ” Well, so they are; but at least they are always there, and the novelist who has the patience to dip down into them will find that below a certain depth, whatever his subject, there is almost always “stuff o’ the conscience” to work in.

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