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It is the arrival of Mays cousin Ellen Olenska that hastens Newland to announce his engagement Ellen has returned from Europe where she was married to a cruel abusive and powerful man She has brought with her what was then considered a horrible scandal Ellen is a serious woman who is slight with dark features She has an auro around her that makes her very intriguing especially to men The plot unfolds as Newland finds himself drawn to the mysterious Ellen who bears a tragic history It has been years since Ellen has lived in America and she is now foreighn to the culture and society of New York She makes many blunders in societys eyes and is in a way put out from them Newland is given the job of teaching her how to behave in America He also is given the task of persuading her to give up the contemplation of a divorce as to prevent the scandal that would fall on the family Newland suddenly finds himself pondering the life in which being married to May will lead him Unexciting dull and lifeless is the everyday drag of monotony that precedes only to death He sicovers his job is purposeless as well and sees no worth in this life of his As he is around Ellen more and more he sees her standpoint and views He realizes that he loves her and wants to live the life that only she can give him One where unexpected things happen everyday The exciement it would bring appeals to him as the sole basis for his life But even from the beginning Neland knows that he never really has a chance he is engaged to May and he will marry May and spend a lifetime with her Both he and Ellen know this and in the end just come to accept it The second part of the novel travels through the first nine months of
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