A member of English aristocracy, the Duchess of Beltshire is known for living a liberal, potentially immoral life of unrestrained pleasure. She appreciates Lily Bart’s presence and personality enormously and integrates the young woman into her London circle, yet Lily recognizes that spending time with the Duchess might ultimately have a negative effect on her reputation.
The Duchess of Beltshire Character Timeline in The House of Mirth
The timeline below shows where the character The Duchess of Beltshire appears in The House of Mirth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2: Chapter 1
...allusively about some of Lily’s problems and the dangers of staying among people like the Duchess, who have had a “liberal education,” far from the more conservative influence of people like... (full context)
Book 2: Chapter 2
Book 2: Chapter 3
...Mrs. Bry, in particular, is extremely proud to have been invited to one of the Duchess’s dinners. As everyone leaves, Lily stands up gracefully to accept her cloak from George Dorset.... (full context)
...to everyone that she planned on staying on shore because of an engagement with the Duchess the next day. In an atmosphere of intense bewilderment and tension, she then casually reminds... (full context)
Book 2: Chapter 4
...George and Bertha Dorset, Lily spent a few weeks in London, where, supported by the Duchess of Beltshire, she integrated into a social circle that highly admired her. When she finally... (full context)