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How To Lose a Guy in the Gilded Age

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

Halfway through Edith Wharton's 1913 novel The Custom of the Country , Ralph Marvell confronts his father-in-law. “Where's Undine?,” he demands, by now suspicious that his wife has not yet arrived in New York from abroad. “If the train's on time I presume she's somewhere between Chicago and Omaha round about now,” replies Mr. Spragg.”
The locomotive, the symbolically titled, The Twentieth Century, he adds, is “generally considered the best route to Dakota.” With this last word, the die is cast. “Oh,
God,” Ralph cries out. The new book The Divorce Colony by journalist April White gives...
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