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The husbands in the novel certainly do not anticipate encountering these traits in Selma. Each views her through a rosy screen of Victorian lore, mistakenly apotheosizing her as a bona fide "angel in the house." For Babcock, Selma "symbolized...refinement, poetry, art, the things of the spirit" (5) and reigned as "the divinity of his domestic hearth" (12).
Given that the actions of social selves are guided by the desire for approval, we should not be surprised that such beings remain constantly in pursuit of being "well-liked"--the designation that Warren Susman's classic study of Gilded Age America posits as the gold standard in a "culture of personality." Indeed, Selma at one point tells her beleaguered second husband, "To make people like one is the way to get business, I believe" (212).
Grant does so by telling us, after revealing the fact that Selma is to receive an unexpected twenty thousand dollars from a dying nonrelative, that the money "seemed of secondary importance," secondary to the opportunity for social display that overseeing his bequest of a free hospital would afford.
For one of Grant's men, marriage constitutes "perfect satisfaction" (13) while another predicts that he and Selma will "be all and all to each other spiritually as husband and wife" (106).
Grant draws a tight circle around Selma's second husband in describing his "ambitions" as "definite and congenial," fixed and deriving entirely from within him (156).
The well-defined, internally derived desires of Littleton and Hurstwood are a far cry from the promiscuous, contagion-like ones that invade Selma and Carrie, propelling them toward everything but satisfaction.
For social selves such as Selma and Carrie, as the persistence of Selma's watchword "development" suggests, this complexity created the conditions for limitless mutability and inextinguishable desire.
Littleton stakes so much on married life that the failure of his marriage with Selma positively crushes him.
Whereas Grant emphasizes Selma's inexorable drive and attributes her success to that indomitable force, Dreiser makes much of Carrie's passivity.
Selma's offers nine flavors of cookies, brownies, crispy rice treats, and double dipped grahams.
Selma's top selling cookie is her Chocolate Chip Supreme, which is loaded with creamy semi-sweet chocolate chips, giant Bavarian chocolate chunks, milk chocolate, and toffee laced throughout the cookie.
The cafe in Nashville sells more Selma's cookies and "Selma's Crispy Treats" than any other Coffee Beanery cafe.