The Age of Innocence - Study Guide Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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It's the night of the annual Beaufort ball. The Beaufort's have one of the few proper ballrooms in New York, and it's considered a luxury to have such a large room that is only used once a year. Mrs. Julius Beaufort was once Regina Dallas, a descendant of a prominent family, but herself poor. Julius, her husband, was a foreigner from England. Within two years of coming to America and making the unlikely match with Regina, he became a prominent member of society, accumulating much wealth and inhabiting one of the grandest residences. That had been over twenty years ago. While Beaufort was not well liked by most, they did look forward to the annual ball. It was well-known that he was the one that ran the household, not his wife, which was the norm. It was also well-known that Beaufort kept a mistress. Either his wife...

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