The Fruit of the Tree, Edith Wharton (1907)

"Human life is sacred," he said sententiously."Ah, that must have been decreed by someone who had never suffered!" Justine exclaimed. The Fruit of the Tree is a departure from most Edith Wharton novels that deal with the superficiality and hypocrisy of the lives of the upper class. While that plays a role here, the novel …

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