ovel by Edith Wharton, published in 1920. It is set in upper-class New York society in the late 19th century. Newland Archer, though engaged to the beautiful May Welland, is attracted
to Ellen Olenska, a former member of their circle who has been living in Europe but who has left her husband under mysterious circumstances and returned to her family's New York home. May prevails by subtly adhering to the conventions of that world.