How do you know when it is time to tell someone how you really feel about them? What is the reason for not saying something important?
He lived in a society where he was not quite on the outside of those with money, power and prestige, but he was also not on the inside either. Lawrence Selden, from the House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, was a man who knew how to move within that type of society that he found himself in; one which he did not like but still wanted to be a part of.
Not perfect, opinionated and “judgmental”, he had common sense; he knew what he wanted. In one case, the major one of them all, he took too long to decide, and in the end, lost the woman he loved to death.
“Nine o’clock was an early hour for a visit, but Selden had passed beyond all such conventional observances. He only knew that he must see Lily Bart at once–he had found the word he meant to say to her, and it could not wait another moment to be said. It was strange that it had not come to his lips sooner–that he had let her pass from him the evening before without being able to speak it. But what did that matter, now that a new day had come? It was not a word for twilight, but for the morning.” from Book 2, chapter 14of The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Reading this book should open the eyes of those who believe that being rich mean having an easy life. That having money solve all problems, including the ones that they wish to deny. And if you love someone, and you know that they love you in return, let them know and be there for him/her when he/she needs you the most.
Eric Stolz was indeed Mr. Selden.