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The Patagonia

Henry James

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I had no idea this was your home.”

“Well, I confess it isn’t, much.  Oh there are some drinks!”—he approached the tray and its glasses.

“Indeed there are and quite delicious”—Mrs. Mavis largely wiped her mouth.

“Won’t you have another then?—a pink one, like your daughter’s gown.”

“With pleasure, sir.  Oh do see them over,” Mrs. Mavis continued, accepting from the young man’s hand a third tumbler.

“My mother and that gentleman?  Surely they can take care of themselves,” he freely pleaded.

“Then my daughter—she has a claim as an old friend.”

But his mother had by this time interposed.  “Jasper, what does your telegram say?”

He paid her no heed: he stood there with his glass in his hand, looking from Mrs. Mavis to Miss Grace.

“Ah leave her to me, madam; I’m qu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A busybody takes the slow boat to Europe and obsesses about the suspected, illicit romance of two young persons aboard ship. Tragedy ensues. This is solid, middle-period James.

“He was of the type of those whom other people worry about, not of those who worry about other people.”

This 1891 ‘novelette’ (so called by Wikipedia) is, despite one significant interesting development, rather held back by James’ inability to get out of his accustomed grooves in developing his setting, plot and characterization.

At first, I was quite anticipating a new setting, far from his dual fasci

The sexual revolution took place to prevent incidents like the one elated in this story, I suppose...more

This 1891 novelette by Henry James tells of an ocean voyage on a ship called The Patagonia, sailing from Boston to Liverpool. The unnamed narrator is friends with a Mrs. Nettlepoint, a woman of good family with a son names Jason. Accompanying them -- somewhat unexpectedly -- is a young woman named G

This appeared in a collection together with “Daisy Miller” and “Pandora”, as another story of a young woman striving to rise to a new social position, but it is far more conventional and less interesting than either of those. Both Daisy Miller and Pandora Day are, as Pandora is described, “self-made

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