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Edith Wharton

Age of Innocence

    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    Here was truth, here was reality, here was the life that belonged to him!
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    ‘And my interest in books and paintings and music, my European travels – will I be able to keep any of that up when I’m married?’ He thought about men he knew – men who in their younger days had been full of hopes and dreams, as he was now. ‘And what happened to them?’ he thought. ‘Their lives became nothing more than one long, mindless, comfortable routine of dinners and visits and evening parties.’
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    no serious-minded young men took holidays in mid-winter.
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    ‘Do you think,’ she asked, looking towards the stage, ‘the lover will send her a bunch of yellow roses tomorrow morning?’
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    He and his family belonged to the part of New York society that believed in the importance of literature and art, but fashionable and wellborn families rarely mixed socially with artists.
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    Newland was sitting doing nothing in the offices of Letterblair, Lamson and Low, the firm of lawyers whom he worked for,
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    Would he ever be able to reach the real May Welland, through the wall of custom and social expectation which divided them? And what if, when he finally broke down the wall, there was nobody there?
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    Newland realized with horror that he had called her ‘Ellen’. The use of first names between young people was only permitted if they were engaged. Somewhere in his mind’s eye he could see the tall white figure of May Welland – she seemed very far away.
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    Isn’t that the reason for their great influence?’ she said thoughtfully. ‘It’s because they are hardly ever seen.’
    He stared at her, and suddenly realized she was right. He laughed, and thought no more about the van der Luydens.
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    ‘Probably in the same purple and yellow as at her parents’. At least I’ll be able to arrange my library as I like.’
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    dressmakers and writers.
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    West Twenty-third Street
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    a young girl who knew nothing and expected everything. Suddenly she seemed like a stranger, and he began to realize that marriage was not the safe harbour he had been taught to expect, but a voyage into unexplored seas.
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    . ‘Living together? Well, why not? Why shouldn’t she start a new life? I hate the idea that a woman of her age should bury herself alive if her husband chooses to live with other women.’ He turned away angrily to light his cigar. ‘Women ought to be free, as free as we are,’ he added, too irritated to realize the full meaning of his discovery.
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    May Welland was one of the wealthiest and most beautiful girls in New York, and from a highly respected famil
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    rules were as important as life and death.
    Gloria Nanfukaцитирует3 года назад
    When Newland Archer arrived at the New York Academy of Music
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