The Bostonians Chapters 13 and 14 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 13 and 14 Summary and Analysis


Verena goes to Olive’s home frequently, with her mother’s encouragement and often with her mother. Mrs. Tarrant sees the opportunities that might come with Verena’s association with one of the upper class of Boston society. While Mrs. Tarrant hopes that Verena will some day get married to someone in the public eye, she sees the advantage of having a close friendship with a woman such as Olive Chancellor, who has money and who is interested in reform. She sees that, although Verena may be married, she might want a place to serve as a type of retreat, or in fact to be a second home.

Verena has at last come to value Olive’s companionship. Although she was at first a bit put off...

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