The Bostonians Chapters 11 and 12 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 11 and 12 Summary and Analysis


Verena goes to visit Olive as her mother suggested. Olive feels she had known with a divine certainty that she would come, as surely as she had known that, if she proceeded to take Basil with her to Miss Birdseye’s home, she was crossing a threshold and drawing some harm onto herself.

Verena wears a jacket with large gilt buttons, an outfit she thinks is remarkably attractive, but which Olive finds vulgar. Olive immediately overwhelms Verena with her passionate desire for someone with whom she might have a female “union of soul.” Verena tells Olive that perhaps she likes her too much, to which Olive agrees. Olive bluntly tells Verena that she does not want to know Mr. and Mrs....

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