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Madame De Mauves

Henry James

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .his country neighbours whose big ox should have taken the prize at a fair. Every now and then, with an impatient suspicion of the resemblance, he declared himself pitifully bete; but he was under a charm that braved even the supreme penalty of seeming ridiculous. One morning he had half an hour's tete-a-tete with his grandmother's confessor, a soft-voiced old Abbe whom, for reasons of her own, Madame de Mauves had suddenly summoned and had left waiting in the drawing-room while she rearranged her curls. His reverence, going up to the old lady, assured her that M. le Comte was in a most edifying state of mind and the likeliest subject for the operation of grace. This was a theological interpretation of the count's unusual equanimity. He had always lazily wondered what priests were good for, and he now remembered, with a sense of especial obligation to the Abbe, that they were excellent for marrying people.

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Much more engaging than other writings by James I’ve read, this 1874 novella still has what seriously detracts from my overall appreciation of his unique perspective. That is, the story arises from romantic entanglements of ex-patriot Americans in Europe among the relatively hard-up aristocracy of t

Henry James explores the conceits of one Madame de Mauves, an endowed American who has married an impovered French nobleman. She is looking for his philanthropic virtue, or any distinguishing virtue born of generations of refined breeding. Unfortunately this exists mostly within her romantic imagina

The summer challenge offered an option to read books of fewer than 100 pages and it was an offer I couldn't refuse! That I could find an author I've been neglecting was a bonus. At something around 80 pages, it is far too short for much a review. First published in 1874, this is one of James' earlie

O capodopera sub 100 de pagini care reuseste sa transmita atat de multa tristete si maturitate incat n-are cum sa nu placa unui cititor cu experienta. In ciuda faptului ca Henry James este cunoscut si poate nesimpatizat din cauza faptului ca scrie mult, cu propozitii alambicate, acest mini-roman nu

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