Book 2 Summary and Analysis
On his third night in London, Strether goes to dinner and the theater with Maria Gostrey. He is struck by her manner of dress, quite unlike that of the widow Mrs. Newsome, his fiancée. Strether had never previously dined with a lady before going to the theater as he believed doing so had serious implications.
Strether observes the people around him and determines that all of them can be categorized into types. In Woollett, Massachusetts, the only types were male and female. Here in Europe, there seem to be many more.
The play is about an older woman leading a younger man astray. This reminds Strether of his errand to Europe concerning Chad, Mrs. Newsome’s son, whom...
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