Chapter 12 Summary

Newland Archer enters Madame Olenska’s house and notices the hat and coat hanging in the hallway; they could belong to no one but Julius Beaufort. This annoys him so much that he almost writes a note on his card and leaves without seeing anyone other than the maid. Then he remembers that when he made the appointment with Madame Olenska the previous day, he had not mentioned that he wanted to see her in private, so he cannot insist that she refuse other guests. He decides to make his presence known and outstay Beaufort, no matter how long it takes.

When Archer walks into the room, Beaufort is standing next to the fireplace. Madame Olenska is seated on the couch, dressed in an outfit that Archer finds somewhat...

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