A French schoolmaster whom Archer meets in London. Archer finds him intellectually engaging, but May thinks him too socially inferior for them to associate with. He’s considering moving to New York for the intellectual life which he doesn’t realize is nonexistent there. Later, Archer discovers that M. Rivière is also the secretary who helped Ellen escape her husband, and with whom she is rumored to have had an affair. Though Count Olenski sends M. Rivière to convince Ellen to return to him, M. Rivière begs Archer not to let Ellen do so, as he believes the Count to be a brute.
M. Rivière Character Timeline in The Age of Innocence
The timeline below shows where the character M. Rivière appears in The Age of Innocence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...family loyalty, but she must also believe Ellen would be better off with her husband. M. Rivière asks whether Archer knows that the Mingotts are advising Ellen to accept proposals he has... (full context)
...conversation as this is going on under his rule. He asks how Ellen has changed. M. Rivière says he discovered that she’s an American, and things that are acceptable in other societies... (full context)
...has lived this whole time in an atmosphere filled with art and knowledge. He remembers M. Rivière exclaiming over the value of good conversation. Ellen has been living a life that Archer... (full context)