The Custom of the Country

by

Edith Wharton

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Princess Lili Estradina Character Analysis

Princess Lili Estradina is Raymond de Chelles’s cousin and one of Undine Spragg’s friends Like Raymond, the Princess represents the glamor of European aristocracy, but she also highlights how European nobles often fail to live up to their lofty titles. She is older than she looks, and her unglamorous outfits frequently clash with her title, suggesting that a title alone is not enough to transform a person and that the old aristocratic traditions are becoming obsolete in the modern world.

Princess Lili Estradina Quotes in The Custom of the Country

The The Custom of the Country quotes below are all either spoken by Princess Lili Estradina or refer to Princess Lili Estradina. 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 27 Quotes

The Princess and her mother, in their different ways, were different from any one else she had known. The Princess, who might have been of any age between twenty and forty, had a small triangular face with caressing impudent eyes, a smile like a silent whistle and the gait of a baker’s boy balancing his basket. She wore either baggy shabby clothes like a man’s, or rich draperies that looked as if they had been rained on; and she seemed equally at ease in either style of dress, and carelessly unconscious of both.

Page Number: 236
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Princess Lili Estradina Character Timeline in The Custom of the Country

The timeline below shows where the character Princess Lili Estradina appears in The Custom of the Country. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 27
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...annoys Undine, but the young woman gets her attention when she reveals that she is Princess Lili Estradina , the cousin of Raymond. They talk, and the Princess invites Undine to come see... (full context)
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Princess Estradina is separated from her husband but not yet officially divorced. Undine feels that the Princess... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Princess Estradina suggests to Undine one day that they should go to Nice. Undine is still worried... (full context)
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...in Nice to see his aunt, the Duchess. Over the next few weeks, Undine and Princess Estradina come back to Nice several times, but Undine refuses to let the Princess invite Raymond... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...presence of his aunt, the Duchess, a decision that has also raised Undine’s standing with Princess Estradina . Despite her attempts to appear strong, Undine is always pleased when Raymond does come... (full context)
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...annulment, but she is a little distracted as she notices that her social standing with Princess Estradina seems to have been falling ever since she returned to Paris. Princess Estradina has been... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...She is particularly surprised and dismayed to learn that Raymond disapproves of Undine’s friendship with Princess Estradina , believing that Undine is too young and beautiful to be hanging around with the... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Princess Estradina and the Duchess themselves turn against Undine, who they believe has caused the growing rift... (full context)
Chapter 39
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One day in September, when Undine is back at Saint Desert, Princess Estradina comes by. At first, Undine thinks that the Princess has decided to stop being friends... (full context)
Chapter 40
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After Princess Estradina leaves, Undine continues to idle away the long days at Saint Desert. She amuses herself... (full context)
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Raymond stops commenting on Undine’s high expenses, which Undine takes as confirmation that Princess Estradina was right when she implied Raymond was having affairs, and now Raymond is trying to... (full context)