The Bostonians Chapters 21 and 22 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 21 and 22 Summary and Analysis


Basil Ransom has not found the success in the law profession as he had hoped. A year after his trip to Boston, he is living in a two-room tenement, has very few cases and little luck with those. He has come close to deciding that he cannot make a living, in New York and definitely not in Mississippi. Despite his difficulties, he is tries to send money home to his family, who are living closer to destitution. He is not sure if it is his Southern accent or his ability that is putting people off. He spends his time reading politics and history, with the hopes of writing some news articles on the subject. He has many ideas that he wants to make public, but he has no success; in fact, he is told that...

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