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Eugene Pickering

Henry James

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. . .He had severe attacks of neuralgia, and he used to sit at his window, basking in the sun.  He kept an opera-glass at hand, and when I was out in the garden he used to watch me with it.  A few days before his death I was twenty-seven years old, and the most innocent youth, I suppose, on the continent.  After he died I missed him greatly,” Pickering continued, evidently with no intention of making an epigram.  “I stayed at home, in a sort of dull stupor.  It seemed as if life offered itself to me for the first time, and yet as if I didn’t know how to take hold of it.”

He uttered all this with a frank eagerness which increased as he talked, and there was a singular contrast between the meagre experience he described and a certain radiant intelligence which I seemed to perceive in his glance and tone.  Evidently he was a clever fellow, and his natural faculties were excellent.  I imagined he had read a great deal, and recove. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Leído de la editorial contraseña . Muy bonita esta edición con ilustraciones

very nice short book. I begin to love the way H.J thinks and the way he address Americans and Europeans. Surely there are so many differences between these two places, but it is very precise to feel it from James'.

¿Me habré convertido en fan de Henry James? Posiblemente. Casi toda la narrativa corta que he tenido oportunidad de leer me ha parecido de gran calidad. En esta nueva reseña, comentaré una nouvelle llamada "Eugene Pickering", cuyo personaje principal no es una de esas fascinantes mujeres de tan suge

Historia de corta de un hombre que siempre ha vivido dominado por un padre autoritario pero que a la muerte de este no sabe si seguir sus mandatos o vivir su propia vida. Me ha gustado tanto la historia como los personajes pero no ha conseguido engancharme por completo.