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Daisy Miller is Henry James' examination of the personality and social bearing of a naive young American girl being exposed for the first time to the corruption of the old world in Rome and other areas of Italy. The young man who falls in love with her berates himself for loving someone who is so terribly gauch, but he can't help it - her naivity is what draws him in. The fact that she also encourages the attentions of men the main character despises and...
The Beast in the Jungle
In this short novella, James examines the relationship of a man who believes that he is slated by fate for some horrible disastrous thing to happen to him (he calls it the "beast crouching in the jungle" and waiting for him) and the woman who quite transparently loves him. He never even thinks of her in terms of love since his entire mental focus is on his "fate" and being able to recognize it when it arrives. The story follows their entire lives until s...
Washington Square describes the adult life of Catherine Sloper, daughter of a wealthy, intense, intelligent and sarcastic father and a brilliantly beautiful mother who died soon after childbirth. She is raised by her father and his sister, a meddling and overly romantic widow. Unfortunately for Catherine, she is neither clever nor beautiful and her father notes this, but little else about her. The setting, 19th Century New York, finds Catherine unma...
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