The story jumps forward to Archer and May’s wedding. It is a lively spring day, and much of New York’s high society is in attendance. Newland is standing in front of the altar, as nervous as many of the other grooms he has seen on previous occasions. Several times, just as he had seen other grooms do, he checks his pocket to make sure he has the wedding ring. As he stands there, he mentally checks to make sure he has fulfilled all his duties. The bridesmaids’ bouquets of lilacs and lilies are ready. The gifts for the ushers and the best man have been bought. The night before, he...
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