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What could he and she really know of each other, since it was his duty, as a "decent" fellow, to conceal his past from her, and hers, as a marriageable girl, to have no past to conceal? What if, for some one of the subtler reasons that would tell with both them, they should tire of each other, misunderstand or irritate each other? . . . [With] a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.

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Source Notes: The Age of Innocence (book 1, chapter 6) (1920). Newland Archer contemplates his engagement to May Welland. He aspires to "passionate and tender comradeship" with his fancee but realizes that such a relation would require "on her part, the experience, the versatility, the freedom of judgment, which she had been carefully trained not to possess." He is not driven to wonder what qualities he would have to acquire to forge such a bond.

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Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.

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