It rose for them -- their honeymoon -- over the waters of a lake so famed as the scence of romantic raptures that they were rather proud of not having been afraid to choose it as the setting of their own.
They leaned on the sill in the darkness, and through the clouds, from which a few drops were already falling, the moon labouring upward, swam into a space of sky, cast her troubled glory on them, and was again hidden.
Susy Branch learned early that to thrive without money in a society driven by wealth one must dissemble, flatter and sometimes even drop one's moral guard in order to share a little of one's host's luxury and leisure. Nick Lansing has also learned and wearied of the same lesson. Despite the foolishness of their romance - for each should be seeking a partner of means - they decide to marry. By combining their skills they should be able to enjoy a year's invitations and happiness before they need to face reality. But love makes its own exacting demands and its costs can also be high...The Glimpses of the Moon, first published in 1922 and one of the most popular romantic novels of its time, is a witty and entertaining examination fo the moral deficiencies of the creed of materialism.
Set in the 1920s, The Glimpses of the Moon details the romantic misadventures of Nick Lansing and Susy Branch, a couple with the right connections but not much in the way of funds. They devise a shrewd bargain: they'll marry and spend a year or so sponging off their wealthy friends, honeymooning in their mansions and villas. As Susy explains, "We should really, in a way, help more than hamper each other. We both know the ropes so well; what one of us didn't see the other might -- in the way of opportunities, I mean." The other part of the plan states that if either one of them meets someone who can advance them socially, they're each free to dissolve the marriage. How their plan unfolds is a comedy of eros that will charm all fans of Wharton's work.
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