Mrs. Struthers throws Sunday parties to which she invites intellectuals and artists. These parties aren’t considered proper for members of high society to attend, and Mrs. Struthers is considered “common” because her husband made his money through the shoe polish industry. Ellen shows her lack of understanding of society’s rules by attending Mrs. Struthers’s parties for a taste of the artistic side of New York.
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Lemuel Struthers appears in The Age of Innocence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...see how they’ll deal with it. They begin by talking about the regrettable presence of Mrs. Struthers at the ball. They blame her invitation on Beaufort, whom Mrs. Archer has never trusted.... (full context)
...demands she clarify what she’s talking about, and Janey says that Ellen Olenska was at Mrs. Struthers ’s party the night before with the Duke and Mr. Beaufort. Archer is angry, but... (full context)
...for the van der Luydens to be so offended by Ellen’s actions. Mrs. Archer thinks Mrs. Struthers ’s gatherings are scandalous because there’s smoking, champagne, and French music. Archer implies that New... (full context)
...different culture. However, Archer thinks it’s all the Duke’s fault, since he brought Ellen to Mrs. Struthers ’s. Mrs. Archer argues that the Duke is a stranger, whereas Ellen is really a... (full context)
...that they can’t expect Europeans to understand American rules, but the Duke took Ellen to Mrs. Struthers ’s. Since Mrs. van der Luyden was troubled, her husband decided to give Ellen the... (full context)
...to the box and sits down behind Ellen. Sillerton Jackson is telling Mrs. Beaufort about Mrs. Struthers ’s last party. Ellen quietly asks whether Archer thinks that the play character will send... (full context)
...says to come early, for she’s going out. He realizes she must be going to Mrs. Struthers ’s. He’s annoyed that she’ll probably see Beaufort there, and is probably going expressly to... (full context)
...seems to confirm Mrs. Archer’s sense of change. She remarks that May now goes to Mrs. Struthers ’s gatherings, but May says that everyone does. Archer thinks New York deals with change... (full context)