Pretentious (adjective) – making demands on one’s skill, ability, or means
From “The Complete Fiction of Nella Larson” by Nella Larsen, “Quicksand” Chapter 17 Page 125
“The easement which it’s heedless abandon brought to her was a real, a very definite thing. She liked the sharp contrast to her pretentious stately life in Copenhagen.”
Here, the word pretentious is used to describe how Helga has established a life full of comfort and extravagant living in Copenhagen.