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The Reckoning

By Wharton, Edith

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Title: The Reckoning  
Author: Wharton, Edith
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: ?The marriage law of the new dispensation will be: Thou shalt not be unfaithful to thyself.? A discreet murmur of approval filled the studio, and through the haze of cigarette smoke Mrs. Clement Westall, as her husband descended from his improvised platform, saw him merged in a congratulatory group of ladies. Westall?s informal talks on ?The New Ethics? had drawn about him an eager following of the mentally unemployed those who, as he had once phrased it, liked to have their brain?food cut up for them. The talks had begun by accident. Westall?s ideas were known to be ?advanced,? but hitherto their advance had not been in the direction of publicity. He had been, in his wife?s opinion, almost pusillanimously careful not to let his personal views endanger his professional standing. Of late, however, he had shown a puzzling tendency to dogmatize, to throw down the gauntlet, to flaunt his private code in the face of society; and the relation of the sexes being a topic always sure of an audience, a few admiring friends had persuaded him to give his after?dinner opinions a larger circulation by summing them up in a series of talks at the Van Sideren studio.

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Table of Contents: The Reckoning, 1 -- Edith Wharton, 1 -- I, 1 -- II, 5 -- III, 10 -- The Reckoning -- i


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