Portrait of a Lady Book Review Summary

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Henry James' study of Isabel Archer and her seduction and betrayal by her false friend and husband is simply the finest psychological fiction ever written. His masterful examination of Isabel's thoughts as she realizes her situation and comes to grips with it and its meaning is most moving - maybe more moving than any other passage in English literature (outside of the KJV Bible and Shakespeare).
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   19th century Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   playing footsy while inconveniently married Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Husband Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   cousin Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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