The Bostonians Chapters 23 and 24 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 23 and 24 Summary and Analysis


As luck would have it, Basil is called to Boston for several days to attend to some legal business. Being busy at first, it is not until the fourth day that he makes an attempt to see Verena. He decides he does not want to visit her at Olive’s home on Charles Street, as he knows that Olive has nothing but contempt for him. Wandering around town, he hopes to see some sign indicating that she is giving one of her speeches, but he sees none. Remembering that Verena had invited him to visit her in her home in Cambridge, he decides to try there, but he does not know the exact street. On his way to Cambridge he passes by Olive’s house and considers ringing at the door to ask the servant the...

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