Wharton's novel Summer (1917) is set in New England and follows Charity Royall's journey of sexual awakening.
Charity comes from poverty and is taken in by the wealthy and successful Lawyer Royall when she is five years old. Lawyer develops a romantic interest in Charity but things go awry. First when Lawyer loses drunken control and enters her bedroom when she is seventeen and then again when the betrothed Lucius Harney arrives on the scene.
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