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The Europeans

Henry James

Book Overview: 

The Europeans: A sketch is a short novel by Henry James. It is essentially a comedy contrasting the behavior and attitudes of two visitors from Europe with those of their relatives living in the ‘new’ world of New England.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I want you to know me."

"It seems natural that we should know each other," Mr. Wentworth rejoined. "We are near relatives."

"Ah, there comes a moment in life when one reverts, irresistibly, to one's natural ties—to one's natural affections. You must have found that!" said Eugenia.

Mr. Wentworth had been told the day before by Felix that Eugenia was very clever, very brilliant, and the information had held him in some suspense. This was the cleverness, he supposed; the brilliancy was beginning. "Yes, the natural affections are very strong," he murmured.

"In some people," the Baroness declared. "Not in all." Charlotte was walking beside her; she took hold of her hand again, smiling always. "And you, cousine, where did you get that enchanting complexion?" she went on; "such lilies and roses?" The roses in poor Charlotte's countenance began speedily to predominate over the lilies, and she quickened her step and reached the po. . . Read More

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Eugenia and her brother Felix arrive in Boston from Europe. The next day Felix visits some people. The day after that Eugenia visits them. Three days later their uncle visits them. Something about a painting.

Eugenia flirts with a guy. Somebody got thrown out of colle

Senryu Review:

Bitchy Baroness
takes cottage in New England
without saying thanks

Αυτό το βιβλίο μου άρεσε πολύ. Αν και οι «Ευρωπαίοι» είναι ένα από τα πρώιμα έργα του James και σε σύγκριση με τα μεταγενέστερα, ίσως να φαίνεται κάπως φλύαρο στις περιγραφές του, ήδη διακρίνουμε την εξαιρετική ικανότητα του συγγραφέα να διακρίνει και να καταγράφει με ολοζώντανο και θεατρικό τρόπο τ

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