Edith Wharton

Age of Innocence

A level 5 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Clare West.

Into the narrow social world of New York in the 1870s comes Countess Ellen Olenska, surrounded by shocked whispers about her failed marriage to a rich Polish Count. A woman who leaves her husband can never be accepted in polite society. Newland Archer is engaged to young May Welland, but the beautiful and mysterious Countess needs his help. He becomes her friend and defender, but friendship with an unhappy, lonely woman is a dangerous path for a young man to follow — especially a young man who is soon to be married.
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    Here was truth, here was reality, here was the life that belonged to him!
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    ‘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.’
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    no serious-minded young men took holidays in mid-winter.

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