A rich divorcée from the West, Mrs. Hatch lives at the Emporium Hotel, where she enjoys a lavish, disorganized life of easy pleasures. Though shunned by formal high society, she entertains many members of society informally. Lily Bart works for her as a social secretary but resigns as soon as she discovers that Norma Hatch is trying to marry Freddy Van Osburgh—an event that later turns into a social scandal, because of the stark difference in social importance between the two characters.
Norma Hatch Character Timeline in The House of Mirth
The timeline below shows where the character Norma Hatch appears in The House of Mirth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2: Chapter 8
Book 2: Chapter 9
...that reassures her. Lily’s job is to assist a rich, divorced woman from the west, Norma Hatch , in her social climb. Although Carry Fisher does not know Mrs. Hatch personally, she... (full context)
...to take her away from here, making allusive reference to the danger of remaining with Mrs. Hatch and arguing that Lily could stay with Gerty until she receives Mrs. Peniston’s inheritance. However,... (full context)
Book 2: Chapter 10
...has been afraid for people to think that she was involved in the scandal with Mrs. Hatch , and has therefore taken a break from helping Lily—which Lily understands and excuses. Although... (full context)
Book 2: Chapter 12