Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

I.XII Mirth

Michael Gorra writes in a 2015 issue of The New York Review of Books that Lily, through her performance in the tableau vivants, embodies an object of consumption: "Lily has here turned herself into a commodity, and poses as if she’s up for auction. The scene works to literalize the idea of the marriage market, the market of which she speaks in the book’s first chapter, over a fatally innocent cup of tea with the lawyer Lawrence Selden." 

Christina Light is also portrayed as a "tableau vivant" in the 10th chapter of Roderick Hudson

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