Lefferts is considered the utmost authority on “form” in New York society. He’s a fashionable, good-looking young man who likes to think that he sets an example for other young men to follow. However, his insistence on members of society following certain rules of fashion and public behavior is largely an act that he uses to cover up the frequent affairs he conducts outside his marriage. In this way, Lefferts represents the worst hypocrisy of New York society.
The timeline below shows where the character Lawrence Lefferts appears in The Age of Innocence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...his marriage will become as unfeeling and hypocritical as those he sees around him. Lawrence Lefferts, for example, has frequent affairs while his wife remains ignorant and even blushes when someone... (full context)
...Beaufort looking at the women while sitting next to his wife, as well as Lawrence Lefferts seeming to represent the god of “form.” Archer wonders what Lefferts will find lacking, and... (full context)
...him. Archer insists that Mr. Jackson is making an improper insinuation, but Mr. Jackson says Lefferts is really the one doing it. Archer retorts that Ellen snubbed Lefferts for flirting with... (full context)
...what’s left of the world that shaped him as a young man. He remembers Lawrence Lefferts suggesting that one day their children would marry Beaufort’s bastards. Dallas is marrying one of... (full context)