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The Greene Naftali choices were more various and unpredictable, ranging from a pair of elaborately modest Paul Theks through the usual-suspect masterliness of Ellsworth Kelly to the clotted Mona Lisas of Gelitin.
His masterliness paled towards the end of his letter when he talked vaguely of 'discussion' and 'settlements'.
Frances Restuccia characterizes Wharton as a dual-feminist: a social-humanist feminist who advances the position that a woman (like Lily Bart) who succumbs to the temptation of being a beautiful object will die, but at the same time a literary feminist who "refuses definable positions for [her] masterliness," and who represents Lily's "multiplicity" and oscillation as her salvation as well as her death (223-24).