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The Age of Innocence
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  • But European society is not given to divorce: Countess Olenska thought she would be conforming to American ideas in asking for her freedom.
  • But, do you know, they interest me more than the blind conformity to tradition—somebody else’s tradition—that I see among our own friends.
  • The New York ritual was precise and inflexible in such matters; and in conformity with it Newland Archer first went with his mother and sister to call on Mrs. Welland, after which he and Mrs. Welland and May drove out to old Mrs. Manson Mingott’s to receive that venerable ancestress’s blessing.
  • It was less trouble to conform with the tradition and treat May exactly as all his friends treated their wives than to try to put into practice the theories with which his untrammelled bachelorhood had dallied.
  • Archer too would have preferred to escape their friends’ hospitality: in conformity with the family tradition he had always travelled as a sight-seer and looker-on, affecting a haughty unconsciousness of the presence of his fellow-beings.
  • Conformity to the discipline of a small society had become almost his second nature.
  • In all the rainy desert of autumnal London there were only two people whom the Newland Archers knew; and these two they had sedulously avoided, in conformity with the old New York tradition that it was not "dignified" to force one’s self on the notice of one’s acquaintances in foreign countries.
  • It was, as he instantly recalled, the face of the young man he had seen, the day before, passing out of the Parker House, and had noted as not conforming to type, as not having an American hotel face.

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  • most teenagers are surprisingly conformist within a subgroup
  • She is content with the success of a hard-working conformist.

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