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The essay will try to show that The House of Mirth can be read as a kind of experiment in which Edith Wharton uses her character Lily Bart to probe the mysteries of personal identity. A close study of the novel shows that Lily's ego can be apprehended at three separate levels: i) an openly social self based on plottings and calculations; ii) a seemingly moral and idealistic inner self, on.