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Embarrassments

Henry James

Book Overview: 

Collection of short stories each with a theme of an embarrassment.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But her loss had been great and her visitation cruel; it never would have occurred to me moreover to suppose she could come to regard the enjoyment of a technical tip, of a piece of literary experience, as a counterpoise to her grief. Strange to say, none the less, I couldn't help fancying after I had seen her a few times that I caught a glimpse of some such oddity. I hasten to add that there had been other things I couldn't help fancying; and as I never felt I was really clear about these, so, as to the point I here touch on, I give her memory the benefit of every doubt. Stricken and solitary, highly accomplished and now, in her deep mourning, her maturer grace, and her uncomplaining sorrow incontestably handsome, she presented herself as leading a life of singular dignity and beauty. I had at first found a way to believe that I should soon get the better of the reserve formulated the week after the catastrophe in her reply to an appeal as to which I was not unconscious . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A collection of novellas and stories, each dealing with a certain type of embarrassment.

The Figure in the Carpet: (4 stars) A frustrated literary critic is obsessed with knowing an author's writing secret. It seems like everyone else knows it but him - or do they?
Glasses: (3 stars) A beautiful wo...more