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FC: THE AGE of INNOCENCE Book 1 Edith Wharton | Scrapbook by: Lindsey Lightman | New York, New York 0978-324 ~~~~~ | A | B
1: A) a post stamp from New York, New York, 1920's; this is the setting of the book, starting in the winter time, as well as where two of the main characters (Newland Archer and May Welland are from). The post stamp symbolizes a common type of communication in the book between those in New York and around the world. B) a post stamp from Europe in the 1920's; another main character, Countess Ellen Olenska, enters the book from Poland after separating from her unfaithful husband, which sets off the plot.
2: A) ticket stub for the Academy of Music Opera House featuring the Italian musical, Faust; the book starts out specifically at the Opera House. On the ticket are flowers, which is the theme of the theater. Instead of paying attention to the opera, the audience scrutinizes the higher-class-of-New-York-society's boxes, which shows the behavior of Americans in that time period. B) quote from old Mr. Sillerton Jackson (basically the 'wise-man' of the story, who has seen all and holds tremendous knowledge about New York society, occasionally slipping out information here and there). He remarks "I didn't think the Mingotts would have tried it on!" after seeing that the Mingotts [a family high in New York's society with very deep roots, greatly respected, and led by the eldest matriarch, Mrs. Manson Mingott; also the family that May Welland (the fiancée of main character Newland Archer)] had publicly displayed the return of the socially-unacceptable Mingott cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska (another main character of the story). C) the risqué dress Countess Olenksa wore at her first public appearance; in the 1920's, a dress such as this one was considered highly inappropriate. This foreshadows the attitude Olenska has towards society's rules. D) an invitation to the exclusive and annual Beaufort Ball, where Archer and Welland announce their engagement.
3: Academy of Music Opera House ~ Faust | Master Newland Archer, You are cordially invited to the annual Beaufort Ball. | Talk of the Season! What was Countess Olenska thinking? | "I didn't think the Mingotts would have tried it on!" ~ Mr. Sillerton Jackson | A | B | C | D
4: A) a note to Olenska from Julius Beaufort [not actually presented in the book]; Olenska and Beaufort are both seen in broad daylight together shopping (a major faux-pas in behavior for a high society member of New York), which stirs much talk in the town (and the respect of Archer, which further describes his character as one who respects women's choices and rights, and causes him to ponder his future nuptials with Welland). B) an invitation to the welcome party in Olenska's honor; the majority of those invited had responded 'not attending' because of their disagreement with Olenska's public behavior, presentation, etc. This shows how Olenska may come from a high-ranking family, yet society still refuses to digest her unmannerly ways. C) a quote from a congratulatory dinner including Mrs. Archer, Janey (Archer's sister), and Mr. Sillerton Jackson; at this point in the story, Archer acknowledges his thoughts on women's right publicly, displaying his respect for Olenska's untraditional choice of divorce. D) a photo of Archer's fiancée, May Welland; as Archer is viewing her picture in his study, he ponders whether his decision of marrying a trained woman of society is the right choice, being that women of society are trained not to think on their own (unlike publicly-scorned Olenska).
5: Ellen, I very much enjoyed your company today. You have very nice taste and are a fine lady of society, in my opinion. Sincerely, Julius Beaufort | Please join the Mingott family as we welcome the arrival of the lovely Ellen Olenska! ~Mme Manson Mingott | "I hear [Ellen] means to get a divorce," said Janey boldly. "I hope she will!" Archer exclaimed. | May Welland | A | B | C | D
6: A) an invitation to the receiving of the Duke of St. Austrey; the Archer's request that the van der Luydens (the most elite family of New York society) publicly accept Olenska so the rest of society will as well. Agreeing, the van der Luydens allow Olenska to accompany the Duke as his companion (whom she later abandons to talk to Archer about his engagement). B) memories of Olenska; at the party for the Duke, Olenska's past comes to the surface as she privately talks with Archer. Understanding now what Olenska has gone through (being orphaned at a young age, moving about with her constantly-widowed aunt, and ending a disastrous marriage in Europe), Archer more readily accepts Olenska and sympathizes with her as well. C) an import tag found on a piece of furniture in Olenska's flat; as Archer is awaiting the arrival of Olenska (who requested he stop by), he studies her home and realizes that her exotic imports are novelties, and that she is indeed a very interesting and intelligent person. D) two sets of flowers; as Archer is ordering a daily bouquet of lilies-in-the-valley for Welland, he makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to send yellow roses to Olenska, after her emotional breakdown at her flat while they discussed how she could better fit in New York society.
7: Mme and M. van der Luyden would proudly request your attendance for the receiving of the Duke of St. Austrey. | of Ellen Olenska | Imported from Poland | A | B | C | D
8: A) the tree-like background; this represents the setting of the 10th chapter, in a park. Archer and Welland are on a walk; as Archer tries to persuade Welland to move up the engagement (or even elope), Welland laughs his foolish ideas off, proving that she could not think on her own and provoking second thoughts to Archer about their marriage. B) an official statement given by Olenska requesting a divorce; this is typically a very important decision, especially made by a woman of this time. In the 1920's, woman's rights were prohibited, so this kind of action was unheard of. This becomes clearer to Archer, who is asked to review her case and display his thoughts on the matter. He agrees to become involved thinking that it would help broaden his relationship with the Mingott family. C) a letter written (in Polish) to a mystery man that Olenska was illicitly having an affair with; though it is not directly said, it can be inferred that this is the information Archer finds while reviewing Olenska's case. Knowing that this kind of information could destroy Olenska's already-suffering reputation, Archer withholds the information. D) a mock barred jail with broken bars; this figuratively represents Olenska's desire to be free of her husbands control and her dark past. She explains this as Archer reveals his knowledge of her affair.
9: Szanowny Panie, Spotkamy si, kiedy mój m jest w pracy si póniej w cigu dnia. On nie powinien wróci do domu co najmniej do wieczora spada. ~ Olenska Ellen hrabina | The Countess Ellen Olenska would like to sue Count Olenski for a divorce. | Filed February 9th, 1918 | A | B | C | D
10: A) a ticket for 'The Shaughaun'; while viewing one of many plays, Archer studies a particular scene in which the wooer of the lover steals a kiss on the back of the lover's velvet robe. For some reason, Archer believes this symbolizes his relationship with Olenska. B) an invitation to Archer from the van der Luyden's; when Archer hears of Olenska's "running away" for the week to the van der Luyden's Hudson mansion, he accepts his invitation and pursues her to persuade her not to sue for the divorce (in which he succeeds). During the conversation, there is a point where Archer imagines for a fleeting moment that Olenska come up behind him and wrap her arms around him, reminding him of the scene in the play. Instead, reality has Beaufort enter and Archer leaves. C) a transportation ticket from New York to Florida; Archer decides to meet up with Welland and her family in Florida when Olenska goes to Florida. There, as he talks to Welland, he becomes bored with her feminine mindless chatter about the simplicity of everyday activity and his mind wanders to Olenska yet again. He asks her yet again to consider shortening the engagement, which sparks suspicion in Welland that Archer is not really in love with her anymore and questions his loyalty, inferring that there may be another woman.
11: Master Newland Archer, You are honorably invited to attend a week in the van der Luyden Hudson mansion. Please respond at your soonest. | Wallack's Theatre ~~ The Shaughraun | Private Transportation Archer, Newland | || |||| | ||| \||| New York, New York to St. Augustine, Florida | A | B | C
12: A) a bouquet of flowers sent to Olenska from a potential suitor; word of Olenska's filing for divorce had gotten out (although she had been persuaded to change her mind) and suitors sent bouquets of flowers. This angers Olenska very much and she requests that they be removed. B) a quote from Olenska; during this scene, Archer tries to explain to Olenska that he needs to break off his engagement because he is no longer in love with Welland, and that she was right - there was another woman. After hinting that the other woman was Olenska, Olenska responds with this quote, meaning that she could never be with Archer because it was he who made that impossible, by talking her out of divorcing her husband. This response is a bitter slap in the face to Archer. C) an announcement sent to Olenska regarding the Welland-Archer wedding; the arrival of the announcement has ironic timing, being that just before it arrives Archer was trying to convince Olenska that he must break off the engagement to be with her, although she declines to his displeasure.
13: Countess Ellen Olenska, This announcement is regarding the wedding of May Welland and Newland Archer. The wedding date has been pushed ahead to April 4. ~The Welland and Archer families | "Possible for either of us? ...And you say that - when it's you who've made it impossible?" ~ Countess Ellen Olenska | A | B | C
14: This is the end of Book 1 of The Age of Innocence. Wharton leaves the reader pondering what will happen next between Olenska, Archer, and the Welland-Archer wedding.
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