The Bostonians Chapters 19 and 20 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 19 and 20 Summary and Analysis


Mrs. Luna, Olive’s sister, writes from her new home in New York that she is turning over her legal affairs to Basil Ransom, with whom she is also evidently trying to develop a more personal relationship. She is considering asking him to give up his law career and become the tutor of her son, Newton. Olive thinks this is typical of her sister, that people would go out of their way to accede to her need for special arrangements. Olive is content that the two are together and out of her way. She has little love for her sister, and little respect for her cousin. In addition, Olive’s life is taking a turn for the better, as Verena has now come to live with her.

Olive had been...

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