It's an festive evening in Manhattan. The fashionable are attending an opera. As Newland looks up at his intended fiancé, May, he becomes disconcerted by May's cousin, Ellen sitting nearby, who has recently left her wealthy Polish husband.
Between the summer of 1919 and the Spring of 1920 Edith Wharton wrote "The Age of Innocence". Now the romance begins. — BOB RUBIN