Newland views May and her mother as totally innocent

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Newland views May and her mother as totally innocent, unimaginative women who stubbornly stick  to "stupid conventionalities." Behind Mrs. Welland's concern for the future of her daughter, however,  is an iron will that he somehow misses. Mrs. Welland has no compassion or sympathy for Ellen's  predicament, strongly disapproves of "foreigners," totally rejects any discussion or approval of  divorce, and consistently rejects arguments to change the wedding date because it might violate the  dictates of the season. May is not as unimaginative as Newland thinks. Sensing something terribly wrong, she trammels on  customary etiquette and speaks out about her fears. When she offers to sacrifice herself, Newland  admires her generosity and selfless devotion to his happiness. No, nothing is wrong if they can push  the wedding up before he is overcome by his growing attraction to the Countess. May has fought 
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