The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence


Edith Wharton

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Mrs. Louisa van der Luyden Character Analysis

Mrs. Archer’s cousin. She and her husband, Mr. Henry van der Luyden, are two of the most powerful influences in society. However, they’re quite shy and they prefer to remain in seclusion at Skuyterkill, their estate on the Hudson. Louisa and her husband are very similar and always consult each other before making any decisions. They like Ellen and they help bring her into society when other families are snubbing her.
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Mrs. Louisa van der Luyden Character Timeline in The Age of Innocence

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Chapter 6
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...has happened, he appeals to his mother, who eventually gives in and goes to see Louisa van der Luyden . People in New York society have long been cemented into unofficial ranks from which... (full context)