Orsini perceives herself as a container without contents, a hollow woman. As a child, Honey recognizes that she is different from her schoolmates, all of whom "had mothers and brothers and sisters" (p. 42); as an adult she acknowledges an "emptiness within" (p. 208) and "empty spaces of her life" (p. 289). Over the years, she repeatedly attempts to discover something of substance with which to fill the void inside her. Finally, despite steps toward a self-awareness, Billy remains caught within a life-long pattern of compensatory consumption. Incapable of stepping outside this pattern so as to analyze--and thus, perhaps, resolve--needs and desires originally motivating it, Billy engages in a process of accelerated repetition, consuming more and more, and encouraging others (more specifically, other women) to lead lives of consumption. As such, Billy conspires in perpetuating an essentially inhumane and sexist market system. Preying upon emotional/physical hungers, this system promises to fill our empty stomachs and our empty lives at the same time it further sharpens our appetites and devalues our integrity as individuals. Elizabeth Fox- Genovese, in an essay on the modern American market system, finds the essence of this system in Bloomingdale's on a Saturday afternoon, in "the glitter of objects and garb, each promising to relieve the anxiety [of any' individual customer] by creating a self through possession of commodities." 20 Clearly, Fox-Genovese's articulation of the role of Bloomingdale's within this system may be applied to Billy's boutique-- and, more generally, to Krantz Scruples, a novel so cluttered with commodities that it literally becomes the boutique after which it is named.