The House of Mirth

by: Edith Wharton

Gus and Judy Trenor

Characters Gus and Judy Trenor

The Trenors are another socialite couple who often host large events at their home, Bellomont. Mrs. Trenor is a gossip and spends much of her day fretting over the minutiae of entertaining—which guests are the most desirable to invite, which have been “stolen” by another conflicting event, and which unmarried men and women should be set up together. Gus Trenor looks to other women for the attention his wife doesn’t give him. A notorious flirt, Gus is drawn to Lily, and he uses his financial investment skills and a large sum of his own money in a risky investment for Lily. This money becomes the focal point of the second half of the novel, as Lily commits herself to repaying her debt.