Chapter 5 Summary

Newland's mother invites Sillerton Jackson to dinner. Jackson is an expert on the histories of New York's societal families. Through the efforts of his sister who lives with him, Jackson also collects the most gossip and because of this, Newland's mother asks him to dinner. She is curious about what is happening in society and especially in reference to Countess Olenska. Jackson does not appreciate Mrs. Archer's food, but he accepts the invitation any way. He is always anxious to spread the stories he gathers.

Newland's family consists of his mother, who is a widow, and his sister, Janey, who is considered past the marrying age. Both his mother and his sister adore Newland, and in return he appreciates the adoration. It...

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