Characterized by a sincere enjoyment of her duties as a hostess and a concern for people to enjoy themselves at her parties, Judy Trenor initially appears to be one of Lily Bart’s most reliable friends, as she actively helps Lily in her effort to seduce Percy Gryce. However, Judy is also highly sensitive to financial matters, such as women borrowing money from her husband Gus Trenor, and later punishes Lily for doing so by rejecting her from her social circle. Judy is also a keen social observer, and admits that she only accepts Bertha Dorset’s friendship because she knows it is better to keep potentially dangerous people on one’s side instead of antagonizing them.
Judy Trenor Character Timeline in The House of Mirth
The timeline below shows where the character Judy Trenor appears in The House of Mirth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1: Chapter 1
Book 1: Chapter 3
Book 1: Chapter 4
Book 1: Chapter 7
Book 1: Chapter 8
...investment is bearing its fruits. She recalls the end of her stay at Bellomont, when Judy expressed her gratitude for Lily and Gus’s friendship, since Gus’s stories are so tedious. Judy... (full context)
Book 1: Chapter 10
Book 1: Chapter 12
Book 1: Chapter 13
Book 1: Chapter 14
...her. When someone mentions that Lily has gone to Mrs. Trenor’s, Mrs. Stepney notes that Judy is still in Bellomont, which causes everyone to wonder silently, with amused smiles, if Lily... (full context)
...discuss Wellington and Louisa Bry’s efforts at social climbing. However, when they approach Gus and Judy Trenor’s house, the two of them see a dark figure hurrying to a cab, while... (full context)
Book 2: Chapter 4