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Washington Square Read ó 104 ✓ Henry James's classic tale of romance in urban nineteenth century America Washington Suare is edited with an introduction and notes by Martha Banta in Penguin ClassicsWhen timid and plain Catherine Sloper is courted by the dashing and determined Morris Townsend her father convinced that the young man is nothing than a fShed him as a literary figure on both sides of the Atlantic and his other novels in Penguin Classics include Washington Suare 1880 The Portrait of a Lady 1881 The Awkward Age 1899 The Wings of the Dove 1902 The Ambassadors 1903 and The Golden Bowl 1904If you enjoyed Washington Suare you might like Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth also available in Penguin Classics' Washington Suare is a perfectly balanced novel a work of surpassing refinement and interest'Elizabeth Hardwick'Perhaps the only novel in which a man has successfully invaded the feminine field and produced a work comparable to Jane Austen's'Graham Gree. Henry James is Gangnam styleGangnam styleCatherine Sloper is warm and humanle during the dayA classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffeeA girl whose heart gets hotter when night comesA girl with that kind of twistI’m a guy called Morris TownsendA guy who is as warm as you during the dayA guy who one shots his coffee before it even cools downA guy whose heart bursts when night comesThat kind of guyBeautiful loveableYes you Catherine Sloper yes you heyBeautiful loveableYes you hey yes you heyNow let’s go until the endI don't want your money Catherine SloperI don't want your money Catherine SloperNo yeah noyeahI want youMorris Townsend gangnam styleHenry James is Gangnam style Gangnam styleHenry James is Gangnam style Gangnam styleEh Sexy Lady Henry James is Gangnam styleEh Sexy Lady oh oh oh ohCatherine Sloper looks uiet but plays bridgeShe puts her hair down when the right time comesShe covers herself but is sexy than a girl who bares it allA sensile girl like thatI’m a guy called Morris TownsendI said it once now I say it againA guy who seems calm but plays when he playsA guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comesA guy who has bulging ideas rather than musclesThat kind of guyOn top of the running man is the flying man baby babyOh oh the daddy is the flying man babyDr Austin Sloper a wealthy and highly successful physicianYou know what I mean babyYou know what I'm saying babyParasitic spendthrift oh no noParasitic spendthrift oh no noParasitic spendthrift oh no noParasitic spendthrift oh no noFat balding cold eyed but still somewhat attractiveFat balding cold eyed but still somewhat attractiveFat balding cold eyed but still somewhat attractiveYeahWatch out – here comes the daddyBoo hoo – gangnam styleBoo hoo – gangnam styleHenry James is Gangnam style Gangnam styleHenry James is Gangnam style Gangnam style

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Strictions that others seek to place on her freedom James's masterly novel deftly interweaves the public and private faces of nineteenth century New York society; it is also a deeply moving study of innocence destroyedThis edition of Washington Suare includes a chronology suggested further reading notes and an introduction discussing the novel's lasting influence and James's depiction of the uiet strength of his heroineHenry James 1843 1916 son of a prominent theologian and brother to the philosopher William James was one of the most celebrated novelists of the fin de siècle His novella 'Daisy Miller' 1878 establi. I love this book so much I can't bear it As someone who adores just about every last word that Henry James over wrote it has never gotten any deliciously un satisfying than this a slim tart little novel about plain socially unpromising Catherine Sloper whose wealthy father refuses to allow her to marry Morris Townsend whom he believes to be mercenary No matter how many times I read this book the uestion still nags at me Does Morris have any feeling at all for Catherine or is he really just after her fortune But why is this even a uestionIt's usually taken for granted that Morris is sketchily drawn the standard handsome and callow fortune hunter of melodrama and his own remarks to other characters in the novel seem to provide ample evidence I'm not fully convinced of this which isn't to say that he's fully drawn; rather I wonder if Morris Townsend might be a kind of failed stereotype a failure of the novel to keep him in his appointed place If he's so successfully sketchy then wouldn't the novel be redundant and its central ambiguity unambiguous If that were so then Washington Suare would do little than encourage the reader's contemptuous pity for its heroine whose tragedy would be utterly generic her inability to recognize her beloved's venal motives That would be straight up melodrama or mean spirited satire That wouldn't be Henry JamesThe tragedy of the novel depends though on Catherine's father Dr Sloper one of James's most stunning and indelible creations The man despises his daughter yet wants to protect her; he sees through Morris's dandyish charm yet is most offended by the idea that his awkward unlovely daughter would win herself such a handsome charming husband His opposition to the match may be on the one hand patriarchal duty but it is no less an act of cold blooded cruelty and it is through his refusal to allow that the young man may like the money and yet be a fine husband that the real drama of Washington Suare emerges In fact the pressure of this character produces the novel's greatest and least predictable achievement the transformation of Catherine Sloper from a non character the pathetic jilted heiress into a character and the reader's tormented resistance to Dr Sloper not only keeps the door of Morris Townsend ajar but keeps the novel on a wonderfully shaky course morally and aestheticallyIn later years James himself commented that he started Washington Suare with great disdain for Catherine which metamorphosed into something much complicated similar maybe to Tolstoy's creation of Anna Karenina Maybe it's possible then to read Morris Townsend to whose consciousness we only have access in scant sharp shards of observation as the most reflexively novelistic in the book in the sense that his own ambivalent heartlessness may well mirror the novel's own confused motives James ultimately disavowed Washington Suare he even omitted it from his Collected Works but it marks the first appearance of the central conflict that governs his later greatest novels the predation of love upon money and vice versa The moral puzzle of the passionate mercenary haunts his major work and Washington Suare may well mark the death of the non characters villain and victim that started it all A strange beautiful perfectly unsatisfying book

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Washington SquareHenry James's classic tale of romance in urban nineteenth century America Washington Suare is edited with an introduction and notes by Martha Banta in Penguin ClassicsWhen timid and plain Catherine Sloper is courted by the dashing and determined Morris Townsend her father convinced that the young man is nothing than a fortune hunter delivers an ultimatum break off her engagement or be stripped of her inheritance Torn between her desire to win her father's love and approval and her passion for the only man who has ever declared his love for her Catherine faces an agonising dilemma and becomes all too aware of the re. “If you are going to be pushed you had better jump” Almost everyone in this book is awful but I think I liked itI read Henry James once years ago and I picked The Turn of the Screw which turned out to be a bad decision It put me off for a long time I also hear that James gets a little experimental in his later works delving into that stream of consciousness style that has never really floated my boat which might explain why I heard a lot of complaints about him from English students at university Washington Suare however is of a straight up drama that sees familial duty clashing with a potential romance It's like Austen but infinitely depressing Maybe like Edith Wharton Here James' heroine is the well meaning plain and rich Catherine Sloper She falls deeply in love with a charismatic and broke young man called Morris Townsend whom her father is convinced wants Catherine for her inheritance He refuses to give his blessing to their engagement so Catherine must decide whether to remain loyal to her father or follow her heartThis is considered a classic but don't believe for a second it's not a total soap opera Between Dr Sloper going to interrogate Morris's sister and Catherine's Aunt Lavinia setting up secret meetings to advise Morris how to manipulate the doctor Catherine is just pulled from one drama to the next The doctor's self righteousness his coldness and his inability to respect his daughter's feelings make him an infuriating character And Aunt Lavinia seriously needs to mind her own businessIt's a short read but all the characters are very well drawn and nuanced Even if they are insufferable I enjoyed how James explored all their personal motivations but left a lot open to interpretation I am still not sure what message if any he wished to impart with the novel's conclusion but I do think I am ready to take on The Portrait of a Lady nowBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube