The Age of Innocence - Chapter 26 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 26 Summary

Mr. Jackson is having dinner with Mrs. Archer, Janey, Newland and May. They talk of how the rules of society have changed. Mrs. Archer thinks they've changed for the worse. They also speak of the rumors that Mr. Beaufort has committed some sort of unlawful business transactions and will soon lose all of his money. When Newland and Mr. Jackson are alone, the talk turns to Ellen's refusal to accept her husband's newest offer. Mr. Jackson insinuates that Beaufort has been supporting Ellen, but his impending bankruptcy will surely prompt her return to her husband. Newland is quite adamant that she will not return.

Later that night, Newland tells May that he will soon have to travel to Washington for business. Coincidentally, Ellen has been living in Washington. For a moment, May questions the business in Washington. However, she accepts the trip.

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