chapter  7
Newland Archer walks away at the end of The Age of Innocence (1993)
Pages 14

Travis Bickle, Jake LaMotta, Henry Hill: They’re all men shaped by their environment-and when it comes crashing down, they fall apart as well. But such a downfall has never been portrayed in a Scorsese picture as poignantly as it is in The Age of Innocence. The man in question is Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), a young, aristocratic lawyer engaged to the naïve but sweet-hearted May Welland (Winona Ryder). Their pairing will unite two prestigious New York families, but Archer finds himself attracted to the mysterious Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), a free spirit who is fleeing an unhappy marriage with a Polish count. Though there’s a palpable attraction between Archer and Olenska, they cannot act upon it lest they become ostracized from their tight-knit community ruled by wealth and manners.