Chapter 11 Summary

Newland Archer is feeling more himself. He has pushed his thoughts of Madame Olenska into the distance, where they belong, and has reestablished May Welland at the center of his world, a position she well deserves as his betrothed. However, as he sits at his desk at work, he is called into Mr. Letterblair’s office. The senior partner has a request to ask of Archer. Mrs. Mingott has asked that the law office take on the case of Madame Ellen Olenska, who is seeking to file a suit for divorce against her husband. After considering a suitable lawyer to handle this affair, the family members all decided on Newland Archer.

Archer balks at this. He feels reluctant to get involved with Madame Olenska again. He has not seen...

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