Mr. van der Luyden and his wife, Mrs. Louisa van der Luyden, are two of the most powerful influences in society. However, they’re quite shy and prefer to remain in seclusion at Skuyterkill, their estate on the Hudson. Henry and his wife are very similar and always consult each other before making any decisions. They like Ellen and they help to bring her into society when other families are snubbing her.
Mr. Henry van der Luyden Character Timeline in The Age of Innocence
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Henry van der Luyden appears in The Age of Innocence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...at the top of this highest rank, and the only ones who are prominent are Mr. Henry van der Luyden and his wife. Mrs. van der Luyden was originally a Dagonet, and her family fought... (full context)
...been renewed since he went to her house. He feels that someone who can charm Mr. van der Luyden so effectively doesn’t need his help. Recently May has seemed ever so wonderful and proper... (full context)
Beaufort is scoffing at the idea of Ellen spending three days at Skuytercliff, saying that Mrs. van der Luyden is a cold hostess. He’s disappointed that Ellen will miss the dinner with some artists... (full context)
...on him, and taking part in practical jokes. The next day, he drives to Skuytercliff. Mr. van der Luyden built the house in anticipation of his marriage, and it looks like an Italian villa.... (full context)
...houses never let anyone be alone. Walking past the small stone house, they realize that Mr. van der Luyden had it opened up because Ellen wanted to see it. No one will expect them... (full context)
...that there’s a water leak at the house where they were supposed to stay, and Mr. van der Luyden has prepared the stone house at Skuytercliff for them instead. Archer can only stare, but... (full context)
...she seems pale but overly animated. The group is talking about the Beaufort failure, and Mrs. van der Luyden asks May whether Mrs. Mingott’s carriage was really seen at the Beauforts’ house. Mrs. Archer... (full context)
...were very lax. Ellen’s foreign upbringing might have affected her sense of right and wrong. Mr. van der Luyden is still appalled at her actions. May says that Ellen surely meant to be kind,... (full context)
...doesn’t like being conspicuous. But suddenly he’s unaware of the demands of society. He enters Mrs. van der Luyden ’s box and asks May to come home because he has a headache. May excuses... (full context)