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Autres Temps...

Edith Wharton

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'm not sure that you realize. They're all right."

It was the very phrase that the young lady in the next seat had applied to the unknown "Leila," and its recurrence on Ide's lips flushed Mrs. Lidcote with fresh courage.

"I wish I knew just what you mean. The two young women next to me—the ones with the wonderful hats—have been talking in the same way."

"What? About Leila?"

"About a Leila; I fancied it might be mine. And about society in general. All their friends seem to be divorced; some of them seem to announce their engagements before they get their decree. One of them—her name was Mabel—as far as I could make out, her husband found out that she meant to divorce him by noticing that she wore a new engagement-ring."

"Well, you see Leila did everything 'regularly,' as the French say," Ide rejoined.

"Yes; but are these people in society? The people my neighbours talk about?" Read More

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Mrs. Lidcote has hastily returned from abroad upon learning that her daughter has gotten divorced and remarried. She remembers how shabbily she was treated by society after her own divorce, and wants to be there in her daughter's time of trial. As it happens, times have changed, and so have society'

Edith Wharton is a master writer. Her wit and rather wry observations and satire all shine through in this short read. She keeps you just aloof enough to see the bigger picture of society and just close enough to understand her characters. Great author who knew her craft!

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