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An International Episode

Henry James

Book Overview: 

Two men visiting the US from London meet a pair of charming women who return the visit the following year in London. Romantic intrigues, miscommunication and cultural faux pas abound in this short but delightful novel.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .My mother and sisters—" began the young nobleman with a certain energy. But he stopped in time, puffing at his cigar.

"Your mother spoke to me about it, with tears in her eyes," said Percy Beaumont. "She said she felt very nervous. I promised to keep you out of mischief."

"You had better take care of yourself," said the object of maternal and ducal solicitude.

"Ah," rejoined the young barrister, "I haven't the expectation of a hundred thousand a year, not to mention other attractions."

"Well," said Lord Lambeth, "don't cry out before you're hurt!"

It was certainly very much cooler at Newport, where our travelers found themselves assigned to a couple of diminutive bedrooms in a faraway angle of an immense hotel. They had gone ashore in the early summer twilight and had very promptly put themselves to bed; thanks to which circumstance and to their having, during the previous hours, in their commodious cabin, slep. . . Read More

Community Reviews

British twits and American twits yammer on to little consequence.

one of his earliest works. it lacks his Jamesian magic.

Henry James is fascinating to me. Most of his MCs I've seen are usually young women who defy societal expectations when it comes to gender roles of the time. Yet even though he goes to great extents to empower them for pages and pages, he never allows them to have a happy ending or an ending that ma

I love this of all his treatments of Europeans vs Americans, it is the most concentrated and elegant.

I wanted to read The Turn of the Screw, was checking Henry James's other novellas, started reading this one just to get a sense of what his writing is like, and ended up reading till the end. Nothing complex, very short, but vivid, could imagine every scene clearly, a smooth read when I am having di

Well, Henry James light is still pretty good. This one tries to move from humorous to heavy at the end but, well, it just sort of fell flat for me. Granted it's a tale of frivolous people being frivolous so to argue that it's too frivolous is, perhaps, to miss the point. Still, I found it frivolous-

Working through Henry James's tales in chronological order, this one sticks in the craw. It is very much like chamber music, with two principal men (an elder and a younger), two principal women (an elder and a younger) and, at the climax, two intruding women (an elder and a younger). The players go

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