The Aspern Papers Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

The narrator has gained admittance to the palazzo of Juliana Bordereau, presenting his fake calling card to the young, “not ugly,” maid. He is irritated by the call from the window, demanding to know who he is, as a relic of the middle ages. He simply says that he is a traveling American and would like a moment with the mistress of the house. The maid takes his card, leaving him in the downstairs room. He notices the faded furnishings, though he is overtaken by the garden. In the midst of his exclamations, a woman of nondescript age (Juliana Bordereau’s niece, Miss Tina) approaches. He asks her if the garden belongs to the house. Miss Tina replies that it does, though the house does not belong to...

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