The Custom of the Country

by

Edith Wharton

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Indiana Frusk is Undine Spragg’s old friend and rival from back when they both lived in Apex. Although Indiana lived in Undine’s shadow during their younger days, even marrying a man that Undine had already cast off, Indiana leapfrogs to a higher social position when she marries Representative James J. Rolliver. Indiana highlights the volatile nature of social status and how success or failure in one part of life doesn’t necessarily guarantee the same results later.

Indiana Frusk Quotes in The Custom of the Country

The The Custom of the Country quotes below are all either spoken by Indiana Frusk or refer to Indiana Frusk. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 24 Quotes

“If you’d only had the sense to come straight to me, Undine Spragg!

There isn’t a tip I couldn’t have given you—not one!”

Related Symbols: Apex
Page Number: 210
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Indiana Frusk Character Timeline in The Custom of the Country

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Chapter 2
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...Midwestern boarding school as Undine. They were rivals in school (along with another girl named Indiana Frusk ). Eventually, Mabel moved back to New York and married a stockbroker named Harry Lipscomb. (full context)
Chapter 18
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...trip all to Elmer. They walk more, and Elmer mentions some Apex gossip about how Indiana Frusk got Representative James J. Rolliver to abandon his family for her. Undine marvels at this,... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Still in Paris, Indiana Frusk (newly married to Representative James J. Rolliver) tells Undine that she should’ve come to her... (full context)
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Undine explains that the real problem is Clare, who finds divorce “vulgar.” Indiana Frusk asks what Undine’s plan was when she came back to the United States. She says... (full context)
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Indiana Frusk tells Undine it’s a shame about Peter but asks if there’s anyone else she could... (full context)
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Over the next few days, Indiana Frusk continues to be a big part of Undine’s life in Paris. One morning, Indiana tells... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...Eventually, her parents decide to go back, and Undine stays behind, deciding to turn to Indiana Frusk (now Rolliver) for help. (full context)
Chapter 41
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...just got dinner in Paris with some of Undine’s old friends, like the Driscolls and Indiana Frusk (now Mrs. Rolliver). Elmer seems to be listing off all these names to prove he’s... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...They begin to live more and more apart. Undine decides to call her old friend Indiana Frusk to invite herself over, and it turns out that Indiana is already planning a banquet... (full context)