Chapter 13 Summary

Although it has been more than a week since his last encounter with her, Newland Archer thinks about Madame Olenska during the last scene of the play he is watching. The drama is The Shaughraun, in which, at the end, a romantic couple bids a silent good-bye. The actress has turned her back to the audience. Her lover almost leaves the stage but then returns to silently kiss a ribbon trailing from behind her neck. He departs without either of them saying a word. The subtlety of this gesture impresses Archer such that it brings a tear.

Archer does not understand the connection of this play to himself and Ellen Olenska. There is no physical resemblance in the actors to either him or Ellen. Yet the scene makes him...

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