|Plot Summary of The Age of Innocence|
|"In the rarefied world of 1870s upper-class New York society, young Newland Archer, who is engaged to the lovely and suitable May Welland, meets and falls in love with Countess Ellen Olenska -- May's "scandalous" cousin, fresh from Europe and seeking a divorce. On one level, this novel is the story of Archer and Ellen's intense, hopeless love affair, constrained by the social mores of old New York; on another, it is Edith Wharton's anthropological study of a vanished world, ruled by birth, class and honorable appearance, governed by surprisingly ancient tribal rituals and taboos. Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for 'The Age of Innocence' in 1921 - and it still wields immense power today."
Christine Hung, Resident Scholar
|"A high society New Yorker falls for the practically disowned cousin of his fiancee. Though he refuses to allow her to divorce her husband and she insists that he marry his fiancee, they pursue a not-quite-platonic relationship. Also a commentary on 1870s New York upper class quirks."
Sarrah, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Age of Innocence|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
- story of "the rich"
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Northeast
If story of urban/rural...
- Big city life
- of a different social class
- a lawyer creature
- emotionally unstable
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- long-lived adults
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- New York
- rude people
- fancy mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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