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review The Age of Innocence Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Edith Wharton free download The Age of Innocence Societate newyorkeză înţepenită în prejudecăţile din care îşi făcuse în timp un set rigid de cutume sociale Sosirea din Europa a contesei Ellen Olenska după o despărţire comentată de toată crema respectabilităţii newyorkeze declanşează un adevărat scandal Dacă lumea bună din jur discută pentru că aşa se înt. The blurb on GR gives a good summary so I will start with that as the first paragraphWinner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a time when society people dreaded scandal than disease This is Newland Archer s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage Archer falls deeply in love with her Torn between duty and passion Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life or mercilessly destroy itElite New York society says of the Countess separated from her husband who remains in Europe And now it s too late her life is finished For a time she considers going back to her husband She shocks people by wearing the wrong things hanging out with the wrong people or by engaging men in frank conversation In elite New York society at that time a woman could not walk away from conversation with a man to engage in conversation with another man she had to wait for him to come to her The Countess shocks people by referring occasionally to my husband when everyone expects her never to mention him But she is somewhat protected by her family connections she is Newland s wife s cousin Even though people will say in conversation I don t want to hear about anything unpleasant in her history all of them already know all the dirt Those in New York society at the time thought themselves superior to their counterparts in Europe They think know European customs because they all honeymoon and vacation there for months at a time Their goal is to keep out the new people They spend fortunes on dresses from Paris but wait a year to wear them because it is not sheik to wear the latest fashions A woman is dishonored by her husband s shady financial dealings While they claim to be well read and to love art and music they will not hang out with those types of people or invite them to their parties In conversation people blush and pale constantly Newland thinks of his wife May as a Stepford wife Seeing her brow glistening in the light he said to himself with a secret dismay that he would always know the thoughts behind it that never in all the years to come would she surprise him by an unexpected mood by a new idea a weakness a cruelty or an emotion May is That terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything Newland thinks of himself as enlightened Among men he says Women should be free as free as we are knowing full well that Nice women however wronged would never claim the kind of freedom he meant and generous minded men like himself were therefore in the heat of the argument the chivalrously ready to concede it to them But of May he thinks There was no use trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free After Newland and the Countess fall in love they enter into a kind of limbo Her choice would be stay near him as long as he did not ask her to come nearer and it depended on himself to keep her just there safe but secluded I m reminded of another novel I read recently Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garc a M ruez Can you really pine away with love for someone your entire lifeThere is good writing Just a couple of examplesSaid of an ancient matron She always indeed struck Newland Archer as having been rather gruesomely preserved in the airless atmosphere of a perfectly irreproachable existence as bodies caught in glaciers keep for years a rosy life in death The opera lets out Americans want to get away from amusement even uickly than they want to get to it There s a lot of local color of New York s Fifth Avenue district and of Newport A great read and I will add it to my favorites Thanks to Tina Tom Jaidee Joshie Dan and Heather who encouraged me to read of Edith Wharton this book in particular Top photo of a New York Fifth Avenue mansion from boweryboyshistorycomInterior of a modern Fifth Avenue mansion from thenypostfileswordpresscom2013A mansion in Newport RI Chateau Sur Mer from assetssimpleviewinccomThe author from edithwhartonorg Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters rigid de cutume sociale Sosirea din Europa a contesei Ellen Olenska după o despărţire comentată de toată crema Gospođa respectabilităţii newyorkeze declanşează un adevărat scandal Dacă lumea bună din jur discută pentru că aşa se înt. The blurb on GR gives a good summary so I will start with that as the first paragraphWinner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a time when society people dreaded scandal than disease This is Newland Archer s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska Napoleon The End of Glory returns to New York after a disastrous marriage Archer falls deeply in love with her Torn between duty and passion Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life or mercilessly destroy itElite New York society says of the Countess separated from her husband who Lets Bake remains in Europe And now it s too late her life is finished For a time she considers going back to her husband She shocks people by wearing the wrong things hanging out with the wrong people or by engaging men in frank conversation In elite New York society at that time a woman could not walk away from conversation with a man to engage in conversation with another man she had to wait for him to come to her The Countess shocks people by Holly Wenn die Mode fremdgeht Holly #4 referring occasionally to my husband when everyone expects her never to mention him But she is somewhat protected by her family connections she is Newland s wife s cousin Even though people will say in conversation I don t want to hear about anything unpleasant in her history all of them already know all the dirt Those in New York society at the time thought themselves superior to their counterparts in Europe They think know European customs because they all honeymoon and vacation there for months at a time Their goal is to keep out the new people They spend fortunes on dresses from Paris but wait a year to wear them because it is not sheik to wear the latest fashions A woman is dishonored by her husband s shady financial dealings While they claim to be well ZOOM The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future read and to love art and music they will not hang out with those types of people or invite them to their parties In conversation people blush and pale constantly Newland thinks of his wife May as a Stepford wife Seeing her brow glistening in the light he said to himself with a secret dismay that he would always know the thoughts behind it that never in all the years to come would she surprise him by an unexpected mood by a new idea a weakness a cruelty or an emotion May is That terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything Newland thinks of himself as enlightened Among men he says Women should be free as free as we are knowing full well that Nice women however wronged would never claim the kind of freedom he meant and generous minded men like himself were therefore in the heat of the argument the chivalrously Heiligenschein ready to concede it to them But of May he thinks There was no use trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free After Newland and the Countess fall in love they enter into a kind of limbo Her choice would be stay near him as long as he did not ask her to come nearer and it depended on himself to keep her just there safe but secluded I m Flunkern wie gedruckt Juni und ich #1 reminded of another novel I Heavy Number read Bußpredigt recently Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garc a M The Great Wave ruez Can you Sindhi really pine away with love for someone your entire lifeThere is good writing Just a couple of examplesSaid of an ancient matron She always indeed struck Newland Archer as having been The Wit Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister rather gruesomely preserved in the airless atmosphere of a perfectly irreproachable existence as bodies caught in glaciers keep for years a Kluge Pflanzen rosy life in death The opera lets out Americans want to get away from amusement even uickly than they want to get to it There s a lot of local color of New York s Fifth Avenue district and of Newport A great Advertising Murder Avalon Mystery read and I will add it to my favorites Thanks to Tina Tom Jaidee Joshie Dan and Heather who encouraged me to Never Seduce A Scoundrel Foxe Sisters Trilogy #2 read of Edith Wharton this book in particular Top photo of a New York Fifth Avenue mansion from boweryboyshistorycomInterior of a modern Fifth Avenue mansion from thenypostfileswordpresscom2013A mansion in Newport RI Chateau Sur Mer from assetssimpleviewinccomThe author from edithwhartonorg

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review The Age of Innocence Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Edith Wharton free download The Age of Innocence Reţine coregrafi a de salon trei personaje se văd forţate să şi regândească decisiv valorile şi implicit deciziile şi conduita Ellen Olenska însăşi verişoara ei proaspăt logodită May Welland şi bărbatul care e pe cale să i devină soţ Newland Archer singurul atent la viaţa străinei pe care toţi o arată cu deget. Each time you happen to me all over again Imagine that person you love most in this world right within your grasp but somehow out of reach An invisible thin wall keeping you apart Apart but not away from each other Together yet not with each other This is the worst form of torture a torture of invisible chains and soundless screams Constantly seeing each other constantly being reminded of what cannot be Constantly falling in love yet constantly falling apart The urge the love the longing constantly growing engulfing you until you cannot bear to live Every part of your body numb and unaware of the realities around you Because for you only the pain you feel is real The only truth you know is that everything is a lie Edith Wharton paints a very delicate picture that resonates elegiac waves and enraptures its readers to the very bone One can t help but succumb to this level of desire of emotion and empathize because of the atmosphere that Wharton has created Her prose is crisp straight and true One might say that her prose is a reflection of her New York socialite self Wharton was born with uite a few gazillion silver spoons stuck somewhere on her buttocks Aside from that with such a dazzling foray of words she evoked such emotion in me that I was afraid I might like her Facebook page at some point So with that in mind I vowed to refrain from using Facebook until I ve finished reading this book Well it worked fine for me On another note I was really impressed with her depiction of the 1870s New York Based on a little research I did her canvas of the place was just spot on splendid It was the spirit of it the spirit of the exuisite romantic pain The idea that the mere touching of a woman s hand would suffice The idea that seeing her across the room would keep him alive for another year That sort of a relationship that uniue communication between two people savagely drawn to the other like moth to a flame is of a different level than all the other types of communication This communication between them is that of the deepest kind A communication that needs not one of the five senses This communication of feeling of intense knowing of mutual understanding this unity of the mind this shared consciousness is the effect of a love that knows no bounds strengthened to an insane proportion by the fact that it was never meant to be The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend What s the use You gave me my glimpse of a real life and at the same moment you asked me to go on with a sham oneBut what really struck me the most was that irony that these two people enlightened to be different from the pretend people who revile them and mockingly laugh at their trained innocence and hapless practices were to be subjected to a pretend relationship as well In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world where the real thing was never said or done or even thought but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs They that were above that Innocence were cruelly placed upon a circumstance in which they have to feign Innocence as well as the only way to sustain their love for each other I can t love you unless I give you up This has led me to believe that such innocence can only be a result of circumstances beyond their powers That altogether this Innocence is merely through the progression of unstoppable forces not necessarily known to the person it affects Such is also the case with the New York Society These people did not choose to succumb to this veiled innocence it was mercilessly hurled at them They were raised in these circumstances in a society where conformity is the norm and to uestion this conformity would be self abdication Thus these people will die by this code This Age of Innocence reflects a view in which Newland Archer is also an innocent victim He thinks his wife too much of an innocent being that he is surprised in the end and utterly moved when he finds out that she is not so innocent at all And the lifting of this veil seemed a wake up call to him at the very end when he was about to meet the Countess Olenska with his son that he realizes that he has lost this innocence She had become the symbol of everything that could have been all his hopes and dreams She was the unreachable star In the end he was afraid that all that sustained his love was that invisible shackle that sense of longing that feigned innocence And that the innocence was all that kept him to Ellen and without it he cannot bear to face her And you ll sit beside me and we ll look not at visions but at realitiesI don t know what you mean by realities The only reality to me is thisThe dream has become a reality and the reality a dream It s real to me here than if I went up he suddenly heard himself say and the fear lest that last shadow of reality should lose its edge kept him rooted to his seat as the minutes succeeded each other The Petersburg Campaign Volume 2 regândească decisiv valorile şi implicit deciziile şi conduita Ellen Olenska însăşi verişoara ei proaspăt logodită May Welland şi bărbatul care e pe cale să i devină soţ Newland Archer singurul atent la viaţa străinei pe care toţi o arată cu deget. Each time you happen to me all over again Imagine that person you love most in this world Triff mich um Mitternacht Valentine Vendetta #1 right within your grasp but somehow out of Triff mich um Mitternacht Valentine Vendetta #1 reach An invisible thin wall keeping you apart Apart but not away from each other Together yet not with each other This is the worst form of torture a torture of invisible chains and soundless screams Constantly seeing each other constantly being The Iron ueen reminded of what cannot be Constantly falling in love yet constantly falling apart The urge the love the longing constantly growing engulfing you until you cannot bear to live Every part of your body numb and unaware of the The Iron Daughter realities around you Because for you only the pain you feel is Just Plain Sadie Wells Landing #4 real The only truth you know is that everything is a lie Edith Wharton paints a very delicate picture that Ravenous resonates elegiac waves and enraptures its Heile dich selbst wenn es sonst keiner kann readers to the very bone One can t help but succumb to this level of desire of emotion and empathize because of the atmosphere that Wharton has created Her prose is crisp straight and true One might say that her prose is a Constructing Worlds reflection of her New York socialite self Wharton was born with uite a few gazillion silver spoons stuck somewhere on her buttocks Aside from that with such a dazzling foray of words she evoked such emotion in me that I was afraid I might like her Facebook page at some point So with that in mind I vowed to Blaues Blut refrain from using Facebook until I ve finished Days of Defiance Sumter Secession and the Coming of the Civil War reading this book Well it worked fine for me On another note I was Kein Tag für Jakobsmuscheln really impressed with her depiction of the 1870s New York Based on a little Stallion of the Sun and Other Stories research I did her canvas of the place was just spot on splendid It was the spirit of it the spirit of the exuisite Salvador Dali room would keep him alive for another year That sort of a Menschenkinder relationship that uniue communication between two people savagely drawn to the other like moth to a flame is of a different level than all the other types of communication This communication between them is that of the deepest kind A communication that needs not one of the five senses This communication of feeling of intense knowing of mutual understanding this unity of the mind this shared consciousness is the effect of a love that knows no bounds strengthened to an insane proportion by the fact that it was never meant to be The Das Lösegeld Bodyguard #2 real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend What s the use You gave me my glimpse of a Forever In Lingerie Bare Naked Designs #1 real life and at the same moment you asked me to go on with a sham oneBut what Indefensible really struck me the most was that irony that these two people enlightened to be different from the pretend people who Anleitung zum Gehen revile them and mockingly laugh at their trained innocence and hapless practices were to be subjected to a pretend سفینه الصادقین relationship as well In Trau Mir Nicht reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world where the Wolf Tales II Wolf Tales #2 real thing was never said or done or even thought but only Das unheimlich geheime Zauber Riff represented by a set of arbitrary signs They that were above that Innocence were cruelly placed upon a circumstance in which they have to feign Innocence as well as the only way to sustain their love for each other I can t love you unless I give you up This has led me to believe that such innocence can only be a The Opening of the Third Eye result of circumstances beyond their powers That altogether this Innocence is merely through the progression of unstoppable forces not necessarily known to the person it affects Such is also the case with the New York Society These people did not choose to succumb to this veiled innocence it was mercilessly hurled at them They were Before the Storm Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus raised in these circumstances in a society where conformity is the norm and to uestion this conformity would be self abdication Thus these people will die by this code This Age of Innocence Albrecht Durer reflects a view in which Newland Archer is also an innocent victim He thinks his wife too much of an innocent being that he is surprised in the end and utterly moved when he finds out that she is not so innocent at all And the lifting of this veil seemed a wake up call to him at the very end when he was about to meet the Countess Olenska with his son that he Schach Zug um Zug Bauerndiplom Turmdiplom Königsdiplom realizes that he has lost this innocence She had become the symbol of everything that could have been all his hopes and dreams She was the unreachable star In the end he was afraid that all that sustained his love was that invisible shackle that sense of longing that feigned innocence And that the innocence was all that kept him to Ellen and without it he cannot bear to face her And you ll sit beside me and we ll look not at visions but at Nachtsafari realities The only Family Sex Stories reality to me is thisThe dream has become a Die Signatur der Seele reality and the Der Weg des sanften Löwen reality a dream It s Blackmailed by Her Big Brother real to me here than if I went up he suddenly heard himself say and the fear lest that last shadow of Alicia in Blunderland reality should lose its edge kept him Magische Heilkunst rooted to his seat as the minutes succeeded each other

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review The Age of Innocence Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Edith Wharton free download The Age of Innocence Romanul Vârsta inocenţei considerat una dintre cele patru capodopere marca Edith Wharton a fost premiat cu Pulitzer Scris a mărturisit autoarea prietenilor ca o reacţie la catastrofa războiului Vârsta inocenţei se întoarce la lumea dispărută a copilăriei lui Wharton în anul 1870Romanul aduce din nou în scenă acea veche. The longing was with him day and night an incessant undefinable craving like the sudden whim of a sick man for food or drink once tasted and long since forgotten He could not see beyond the craving or picture what it might lead to for he was not conscious of any wish to speak to Madame Olenska or to hear her voice He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on and the way the sky and sea enclosed it the rest of the world might seem less empty There was never getting away from their circumstances for Newland and Ellen the protagonists of The Age of Innocence As I weep for them and their unreuited love I realized it was not meant to be Edith Wharton depicts masterfully New York s traditions and judgmental airs which were from the start against them This elite group within which they existed had very rigid rules of behavior social rituals fashion and clear censures for those that violated them There is a clear hypocrisy in their life that existed behind their conservative moral exterior In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world where the real thing was never said or done or even thought but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs As I started reading Edith Wharton s crisp prose and witty dialogues I got to know Newland Archer May Welland and Ellen Countess Olenska What was inescapable from the outset is that they were a product of New York society of their timeAs Newland meets Countess Olenska he is not prepared for her worldly persona Thus it is that May and Newland make their engagement public right away to ease the acceptance of Ellen into their social pack May is considered the perfect model of what a young wife should be young beautiful soft obedient pliant conventional and with no opinions on anything of importance We would consider her boring but those were different times Newland starts out pretty much the same he s a young lawyer used to his luxurious and idle style of living all in accord with the strict rules of society Yes both are good persons with many amiable ualities but they simply are not exceptional They were clearly not in love just following rituals that defined that a young man should marry a nice girl with a good family There was no better match in New York than May Welland look at the uestion from what point you choose Of course such a marriage was only what Newland was entitled to Newland and Ellen s love story is nevertheless magnificent because it is the changes and character growth of both lovers that make it endearing and wonderful When we first meet Newland Archer he could not have been in tune with New York society s status uo But Newland Archer was too imaginative not to feel that in his case and May s the tie might gall for reasons far less gross and palpable 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 If Newland Archer seems indecisive and hesitant it s in part because he is conflicted with his values and desires He even starts defending new ideas Women ought to be free as free as we are Nevertheless it is easy to note how typical Newland Archer was when we first meet him how judgmental how hypocritical There was nothing mean or ungenerous in the young man s heart and he was glad that his future wife should be restrained by false prudery from being kind in private to her unhappy cousin but to receive Countess Olenska in the family circle was a different thing from producing her in public at the Opera of all places and in the very box with the young girl whose engagement to him Newland Archer was to be announced in a few weeks No he felt as old Sillerton Jackson felt he did not think the Mingotts would have tried it on Could he have been traditional He hated to think of May Welland s being exposed to the influence of a young woman so careless of the dictates of Taste Yes in the beginning he hated the idea of his innocent fianc being contaminated by the worldly CountessNevertheless Newland s careful and predictable world is flipped completely upside down when he meets and really gets to know the intriguing and intrepid Countess Olenska As the plot moves on we discovered all is not as we first envisioned Newland is changing as he falls deeper in love with Ellen He soon starts to show signs of rebelling against his previous ideals begins transforming himself A conversation with Ellen s grandmother and family matriarch is particularly revealing Poor Ellen she was always a wayward child I wonder what her fate will beWhat we ve all contrived to make it he felt like answering If you d all of you rather she should be Beaufort s mistress than some decent fellow s wife you ve certainly gone the right way about it But his transformation is not fast or deep enough he is not able to entirely free himself from the constraints imposed on him by society and his own upbringing He is not courageous enough you might ask His whole future seemed suddenly to be unrolled before him and passing down its endless emptiness he saw the dwindling figure of a man to whom nothing was ever to happen But there is much at play here He soon realizes how restrictive his marriage was how loveless and lonely his life would be There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free and he had long since discovered that May s only use of the liberty she supposed herself to possess would be to lay it on the altar of her wifely adoration And much He perceived with a flash of chilling insight that in the future many problems would be thus negatively solved for him nut as he paid the hansom and followed his wife he took refuge in the comforting platitude that the first six months were always the most difficult in marriage After that I suppose we shall have pretty nearly finished rubbing off each other s angles he reflected but the worst of it was that May s pressure was already bearing on the very angles whose sharpness he most wanted to keep Even after understanding what his marriage would make of his life he cannot escape Outside it in the scene of his actual life he moved with a growing sense of unreality and insufficiency blundering against familiar prejudices and traditional points of view as an absent minded man goes on bumping into the furniture of his own room Absent that was what he was so absent from everything most densely real and near to those about him that it sometimes startled him to find they still imagined he was there He cannot break up from convention although he dreams of going as far as Japan with Ellen Archer had fancied that his path was clear before him He had meant to have a word alone with Madame Olenska and failing that to learn from her grandmother on what day and by which train she was returning to Washington In that train he intended to join her and travel with her to Washington or as much farther as she was willing to go His own fancy inclined to Japan Even if the story is told through Newland s point of view we cannot forget how much Ellen suffered Probably even than him since it seems she had no choice Oh I know I know But on condition that they don t hear anything unpleasant Aunt Welland put it in those very words when I tried Does no one want to know the truth here Mr Archer The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend She lifted her hands to her face and he saw her thin shoulders shaken by a sob We also soon discover that May is not so innocent Although all her fight seems to be enforced to defend her marriage its survival and in that she would never change What she learned with her mother she would repeat in her marriage Now she was simply ripening into a copy of her mother and mysteriously by the very process trying to turn him into a Mr Welland No she was never weak just limited I told her I was afraid I hadn t been fair to her hadn t always understood how hard it must have been for her here alone among so many people who were relations and yet strangers who felt the right to criticise and yet didn t always know the circumstances She paused I knew you d been the one friend she could always count on and I wanted her to know that you and I were the same in all our feelings But Newland was still dreaming of breaking away from everything of being with Ellen He tells May he needs to get away but she was ahead of him Not an innocent at all I want to take a break A break To give up law To go away at any rate at once On a long trip ever so far off away from everything He paused conscious that he had failed in his attempt to speak with the indifference of a man who longs for a change and is yet too weary to welcome it Do what he would the chord of eagerness vibrated Away from everything he repeated Ever so far Where for instance she asked Oh I don t know India or Japan As far as that But I m afraid you can t dear Not unless you take me with you That is if the doctors let me go but I m afraid they won t For you see Newland I ve been sure since this morning of something I ve been longing and hoping for Have you told anyone else Only Mama and your mother That is and Ellen You know I told you we d had a long talk one afternoon and how dear she was to me Ah said Archer his heart stopping What I concluded is that Newland might be rebellious while May is until the end tradition itself This pattern we witness endlessly and when Newland ponders what their marriage and family life had been like it is all summed so clearly This hard bright blindness had kept her immediate horizon apparently unaltered Her incapacity to recognize change made her children conceal their views from her as Archer concealed his there had been from the first a joint pretense of sameness a kind of innocent family hypocrisy in which father and children had unconsciously collaborated For one thing his life as a man allowed him freedom even to circumvent social customs for he was not as closely watched Not that it was easier for him for he struggles between social conformity and honesty to one s emotions And not that May would want to change She was set on her role without any uncertaintyAnd often we see him contradict himself Despite his transformation we realize he will always be a 19th century man as we witness him saying things such as 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 while later he will dream of running away with EllenThe essence of Edith Wharton s novel is whether Newland and Ellen ever had a chance Not at their time And Ellen recognizes reality Ah my poor Newland I suppose this had to be You re engaged to May Welland and I m married And Newland replied It s too late to do anything else To apart mean a return to their old respective life patterns but to be together would mean going against what they both loved the most in the other I can t love you unless I give you up Being together would mean breaking too many rules hurting loved ones and carrying a guilt that would ultimately separate them if not physically for certain emotionally But you knew you understood you had felt the world outside tugging at one with all its golden hands and yet you hated the things it asks of one you hated happiness bought by disloyalty and cruelty and indifference That was what I d never known before and it s better than anything I ve known This great work is a bittersweet love story at the mercy of society s morals and ethics with conflicting values that prevents them from realizing their most ardent desire to be together I d say this is the strong and beautiful point of this classic The idea that he could ever in his senses have dreamed of marrying Countess Olenska had become almost unthinkable and she remained in his memory simply as the most plaintive and poignant of a line of ghosts Even heartfelt The long was with him day and night an incessant undeniable craving like the sudden whim of a sick man for food or drink once tasted and long since forgotten The characters are forced to adjust and readjust to their changing life but that is still not enough At least it was not in their lifetime The changes they go through are not deep enough to allow them a happy ever after How painful to live through this changing times and how dreadful to accept their fate I can just imagine and suffer for them and weep for them Here lies the greatness of The Age of Innocence Their fate was to be apart and so nothing rests for them but to keep their memories intact It s what we lost and our memories that stay with us If he had gone up to meet her it would be another story It s real to me here than if I went up he suddenly heard himself say and the fear lest that last shadow of reality should lose its edge kept him rooted to his seat as the minutes succeeded each other Oh I have to repeat myself there is nothing heartbreaking than unreuited love So I weep again for them My first impressions I can t love you unless I give you up Oh Vessey I just finished The Age of Innocence And I have to tell you that the last 10% conuered me It made it me think that it had to be They were set on their way before Ellen arrived and Newland and Amy made public their engagement And I believe it had to end as it did Suddenly I discovered it deserved 5 full stars It s what we lost and our memories that stay with us If he had gone up to meet her it would be another storyI loved how it analyzed his marriage with May the old costumes that are no That hypocritical society that held him down is finally fading But too late for Ellen and Newland Well it is all still too new to me and the only thing I can say is that it touched me deeply Maybe because of my age since I know enough of life and remember all that I lost and could never simply be revisited It s real to me here than if I went up he suddenly heard himself say and the fear lest that last shadow of reality should lose its edge kept him rooted to his seat as the minutes succeeded each other There is nothing heartbreaking than unreuited love So I weep for them