- File Size: 680 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082Z37UK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,058 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
The Age of Innocence Kindle Edition
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Suddenly, May's cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska arrives in town. Its a scandal! She has fled Europe and her husband. Unheard of! No matter what the Count has done, she is the one that has created chaos. For Archer, she is different, exciting and a breathe of fresh air from the rarified winds that normally surround Archer. She is everything that May is not and Archer is attracted.
Meanwhile forces are conspiring against the Countess Olenska. Her family is angling to get her to return to Europe and her husband, so that New York society's collective feathers are no longer ruffled. And Archer finds himself every bit as trapped as the Countess is. To stay in society is to tamp down what you want to do, and do what society demands. While in today's norms, why doesn't Archer break his engagement and run away with the Countess, because he can't.
Wharton's story bring its all home: the emotional infidelity, the duty to family and to social standards. And how brittle society has become.
"`Women ought to be free--as free as we are,' he declared, making a discovery of which he was too irritated to measure the terrific consequences." (20)
"What could he and she really know of each other, since it was his duty, as a "decent" fellow, to conceal his past from her, and hers, as a marriageable girl, to have no past to conceal. What if, for some one of the subtler reasons that would tell with both of them, they should tire of each other, misunderstand or irritate each other?" (21)
"`We can't behave like people in novels, though, can we?' `Why not--why not--why not?'" (39)
"Ah, no, he did not want May to have that kind of innocence, the innocence that seals the mind against imagination and the heart against experience!" (68)
"There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free..." (90)