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The Finer Grain

Henry James

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .s recovered wholeness of feeling, under his moustache, might express, the consecration the bareness of his own knuckles had received; only after which it was that, still thus drawing out his grasp of her, and having let down their front glass by his free hand, he signified to the footman his view of their stopping short.

They had arrived; the high, closed porte-cochere, in its crested stretch of wall, awaited their approach; but his gesture took effect, the car pulled up at the edge of the pavement, the man, in an instant, was at the door and had opened it; quickly moving across the walk, the next moment, to press the bell at the gate. Berridge, as his hand now broke away, felt he had cut his cable; with which, after he had stepped out, he raised again the glass he had lowered and closed, its own being already down, the door that had released him. During these motions he had the sense of his companion, still radiant and splendid, but somehow momentarily suppre. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was published in 1910 and includes the last of his short fiction published during Henry James' lifetime. "A Round of Visits" is a thoughtful tragedy which evoked for me the opening of "Watch and Ward" published 40 years earlier. I could easily identify with "Crapy Cornelia" with its alienation