The Age of Innocence - Study Guide Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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The next day, the traditional betrothal visits commence. First, Newland takes his mother and sister to visit Mrs. Welland. After, Mrs. Welland accompanies the young couple as they call on family members and other important people in society. The first visit is, of course, to old Mrs. Mingott, May's grandmother. They make the long trip to her eccentric house and visit in the front parlor attached to her bedroom. Mrs. Mingott's immense size and rolls of flesh are described. May shows her grandmother her engagement ring and is rewarded with approval. Newland begins his campaign to get May's family to agree to a shorter betrothal, so they can marry as soon as possible. Sighting strong, young love, Mrs. Mingott agrees. May's parents are Newland's only obstacle.

In the middle of their visit, Ellen arrives with Julius Beaufort. After meeting in Madison Square, Mr. Beaufort walked Ellen home...

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