Medora is one of Mrs. Mingott’s daughters and Ellen’s aunt, who became Ellen’s guardian after the deaths of Ellen’s parents. Medora is one of the most eccentric members of society and she is considered one of the reasons that Ellen has such an unconventional view of the world. Medora has been married and widowed multiple times, and she always seems to be in danger of making another foolish marriage. She travels frequently, returning to New York periodically to buy successively smaller houses, and when Ellen moves to Washington, Medora lives with her.
The timeline below shows where the character Medora Manson appears in The Age of Innocence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Ellen’s relations were quickly charmed by her precociousness and foreign talents. Medora Manson gave her an expensive but unconventional education. When Medora’s husband died, she and Ellen... (full context)
The guests turn to Archer, and the woman introduces herself as the Marchioness Medora Manson. She’s visiting Ellen from Cuba. She introduces Dr. Agathon Carver, founder of the Valley... (full context)
...her drawing room wearing a shimmering dress and looking like she’s ready for a ball. Medora Manson points out the flowers. Ellen grows suddenly angry, saying the bouquet is ridiculous. She... (full context)
...has come in her place. However, everyone approves of her dress. On the other hand, Medora Manson, entering next, is dressed wildly in stripes and fringes. Archer’s heart practically stops. He... (full context)
...York society, so she decided to try Washington. She’ll probably make a home there for Medora, who’s always in danger of making a bad marriage. Archer is surprised that Ellen isn’t... (full context)
...that afternoon. Ellen writes that Mrs. Mingott understands that she must return to Europe with Medora, and she is going to Washington immediately to pack before sailing the next week. Furthermore,... (full context)