Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence

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    She and Mr. van der Luyden were so exactly alike that Archer often wondered how, after forty years of the closest conjugality, two such merged identities ever separated themselves enough for anything as controversial as a talking-over.
    Sveta Falkhas quoted3 months ago
    was struck again by the religious reverence of even the most unworldly American women for the social advantages of dress.

    "It's their armour," he thought, "their defence against the unknown, and their defiance of it."
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    There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free;
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    betrayed their inferiority
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    did not in the least
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    drew a breath of satisfied vanity
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    mounted to the girl's cheek
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    eyes ecstatically fixed
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    so rare and exquisite in quality
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    cold-and-gin
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    masterly intuitions to have discovered that
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    always so problematic a quality in
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    She had appeared there first, in Newland Archer's boyhood, as a brilliantly pretty little girl of nine or ten, of whom people said that she "ought to be painted." Her parents had been continental wa
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    the same black abyss yawned before him and he felt himself sinking into it, deeper and deeper, while his voice rambled on smoothly and cheerfully:
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    Untrained human nature was not frank and innocent; it was full of the twists and defences of an instinctive guile.
    Diana Shamshas quoted3 years ago
    Archer was burning with unavailing wrath: he was exactly in the state when a man is sure to do something stupid, knowing all the while that he is doing it
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    Madame Olenska, leaning back against the boat-rail, drank in the coolness between parted lips.
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    Archer had always been inclined to think that chance and circumstance played a small part in shaping people's lots compared with their innate tendency to have things happen to them.
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    Emigrate! As if a gentleman could abandon his own country!
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    Though there was already talk of the erection, in remote metropolitan distances "above the Forties," of a new Opera House which should compete in costliness and splendour with those of the great European capitals, the world of fashion was still content to reassemble every winter in the shabby red and gold boxes of the sociable old Academy.
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