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Newland Archer (Character)
from The Age of Innocence (1993)

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The Age of Innocence (1993)
Ellen Olenska: I think we should look at reality, not dreams.
Newland Archer: I just want us to be together!
Ellen Olenska: I can't be your wife, Newland! Is it your idea that I should live with you as your mistress?
Newland Archer: I want... Somehow, I want to get away with you... and... and find a world where words like that don't exist!

Ellen Olenska: I knew you'd come.
Newland Archer: That shows you wanted me to.

Newland: Honest? Isn't that why you always admire Julius Beaufort? He was more honest than the rest of us, wasn't he, we've got no character, no color, no variety. I wonder why you just don't go back to Europe.
Ellen: I believe that's because of you.

Newland: You gave me my first glimpse of a real life. Then you asked me to go on with the false one. No one can endure that.
Ellen: I'm enduring it.

Ellen Olenska: Is New York such a labyrinth? I thought it was all straight up and down like Fifth Avenue. All the cross streets numbered and big honest labels on everything.
Newland Archer: Everything is labeled, but everybody is not.
Ellen Olenska: Then I must count on you for warnings too.

Ellen Olenska: Is fashion such a serious consideration?
Newland Archer: Among those who have nothing more serious to consider.

Newland: We should travel everywhere.
Louisa van der Luyden: But not Naples. Doctor Bencomb says there is a fever there.

Ted Archer: [about his fiancée] I'll be back on the first, and our wedding's not till the fifth.
Newland Archer: I'm surprised you even remembered the date.

Newland Archer: [Last lines] Just say I'm old-fashioned. That will be enough. Go on, now.

Ted Archer: The day before she died, she asked to see me alone, remember? She said she knew we were safe with you and always would be because once when she asked you to, you gave up the thing you wanted most.
Newland Archer: [after a long pause] She never asked. She never asked me.

Ted Archer: What will I tell her?
Newland Archer: Don't you always have something to say?