By Edith Wharton

Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of hope and betrayal in the course of the luxurious Golden Age of previous ny, a time whilst society humans “dreaded scandal greater than disease.”

This is Newland Archer’s international as he prepares to marry the attractive yet traditional may perhaps Welland. but if the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to big apple after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love along with her. Torn among accountability and keenness, Archer struggles to make your mind up that might both courageously outline his life— or mercilessly smash it.

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He had come to America with letters of recommendation from old Mrs. Manson Mingott舗s English son-in-law, the banker, and had speedily made himself an important position in the world of affairs; but his habits were dissipated, his tongue was bitter, his antecedents were mysterious; and when Medora Manson announced her cousin舗s engagement to him, it was felt to be one more act of folly in poor Medora舗s long record of imprudences. But folly is as often justified of her children as wisdom, and two years after young Mrs.

He treasures his love of Countess Olenska, knowing she is most fully realized in memory. The false rhetoric of freedom, the hackneyed phrases of that romance no longer come to mind. He speaks to himself as he always has when he is most truthful, most self-revealing. The show is not quite over; there is one more scene, elegiac and surprisingly dramatic. Newland Archer frames his view as he has from that first night at the opera. He stands apart as he did that day in Newport when Ellen appeared at a distance on the pier.

It didn舗t last long, though: I heard of her a few months later living alone in Venice. I believe Lovell Mingott went out to get her. He said she was desperately unhappy. 舡 This was greeted with an irreverent laugh, and the youth blushed deeply, and tried to look as if he had meant to insinuate what knowing people called a 舠double entendre. 舡 舠Well舒it舗s queer to have brought Miss Welland, anyhow,舡 someone said in a low tone, with a side-glance at Archer. 舠Oh, that舗s part of the campaign: Granny舗s orders, no doubt,舡 Lefferts laughed.

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