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"The Custom of the Country" is hard and unflinching in its telling of Undine Spragg's relentless pursuit for fortune and fame in the early 20th century. Through Undine Spragg and her various loves, Ms Wharton articulates her thoughts on the effect of the New York society's customs on the expected roles of men and behaviours of women. Ms Wharton further shows that the same can be said of another country's society when she moves the story to Paris in the later part of the book.
In Undine Spragg, Ms Wharton has spared no punches in portraying her self-centred personality and thoughts, who according to her is a perfect example of the product of New York society's customs… Read more