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The Beldonald Holbein

Henry James

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. . .Hideous?”

Mrs. Munden made a mouth for it.  “Hideous is too much to say; she doesn’t really require them as bad as that.  But consistently, cheerfully, loyally plain.  It’s really a most happy relation.  She loves them for it.”

“And for what do they love her?”

“Why just for the amiability that they produce in her.  Then also for their ‘home.’  It’s a career for them.”

“I see.  But if that’s the case,” I asked, “why are they so difficult to find?”

“Oh they must be safe; it’s all in that: her being able to depend on them to keep to the terms of the bargain and never have moments of rising—as even the ugliest woman will now and then (say when she’s in love)—superior to themselves.”

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Scrittura tortuosa, full immersion nei meandri della mente umana, fine psicologia - ma dopo essere stata edotta dal mio psicoterapeuta sul fatto che William, fratello di Henry James, fu uno dei padri della psicologia statunitense mi è tutto più chiaro - applicata all'effimero e alla bell