The Aspern Papers Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

The narrator delivers the gold the following day, but he is not shown into the presence of Juliana Bordereau herself. Miss Tina is the one who takes the bag of gold pieces, but effectively blocks him from further entrance into the Bordereau’s living area. Mrs. Prest teases him for his lack of progress until she leaves Venice for the summer.

The narrator moves in with his servant, but does not see any trace of either of the Bordereau ladies for six weeks. He hopes his servant will commence a romance with the maid, but his interests lie elsewhere. He despairs of receiving even a receipt for the three thousand francs that constitute his rent. He begins to believe that she does so simply to...

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