The story takes place in the early 1870s in New York City. Explain why the story could not have taken place in any other setting--both time period and location.
What does the class system provide for the people in the story? Why is it necessary?
Why is Ellen's arrival into the scene so controversial? Why does she make the others so uncomfortable?
Why does Newland become a champion for Ellen? What does it say about her personality? What does it say about his?
Describe May Welland. Why is she the perfect girl for Newland to marry?
Explain how Newland's perception of May evolves as he has more exposure to Ellen. How does Newland come to view May during their honeymoon trip? Why?
Explain all the rumors surrounding Ellen. What indiscretions was she connected with before arriving in New York? What indiscretions does she commit while in New York...
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