His view of Ellen is still wavering: in the above passage, Newland seems to be stating his support of her in her decision to divorce her husband.
Fryer, Judith. Feminism, Bakhtin, and the Dialogic. However, they have often addressed the representations of her female characters and the ways in which these figures revealed an oppressive social order for women.
After a heroic attempt to change herself and fit into New York society, she gives up and returns to Europe, though not to her husband. Appearance versus reality New York society values correct appearances more than reality.
Smith-Rosenberg, Caroll. Archer, at this point, admires May's ability to avoid unpleasantness. The story opens as Archer and May become engaged, and it moves through their wedding and subsequent experiences as husband and wife.