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The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton

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How is The Age of Innocence characterized?

What would best characterize New York society?

At the end of the novel, why is Beaufort shunned from good society?

Who is Mrs. Manson Mingott?

Why does May Welland question Archer's eagerness to marry her?

Why does Ellen Olenska's family wish for her to return to her husband?

When/where did Edith Wharton write The Age of Innocence?

Where do May Welland and Newland Archer officially announce their engagement?

Why does Old New York consider Ellen to be so unorthodox?

Why does Edith Wharton use so many details in The Age of Innocence?

Why does Newland Archer seek the advice of the van der Luydens soon after the arrival of Ellen Olenska?

Why does Ellen return to Europe near the end of the novel?

Ellen Olenska is reluctant to consummate her love for Newland Archer because:

Why doesn't Newland Archer call off his engagement to May Welland?

Why is Newland Archer is disillusioned with his marriage to May Welland?

Who is Ellen Olenska running away from when she leaves for Skuytercliff?

Who is the French tutor?

At Newport, May wins first place at:

After selling her little bohemian flat in New York, to where does Ellen Olenska moves?

In Boston, what does Archer learn?

Why is Mrs. Lemuel Struthers view by Old New York as "common"?

After May's death, where does Archer reunite with Ellen?

What character flaws does Newland Archer possess?

Why are Mrs. Medora Manson's eccentricities accepted by Old New York society?

What brings on Mrs. Manson Mingott's stroke ?

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