The Bostonians Chapters 37 and 38 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 37 and 38 Summary and Analysis


Basil stays at Cape Cod for a month. Each day he walks with Verena, which is the limit on which she has placed their contact. She despises his views on the reform movement as much as ever, and she relies on Olive to keep her from succumbing to Basil’s entreaties. She admits that she likes him more than any gentleman she knows, but she does not want to marry him. She wants to hate her liking of him. She regrets running away from New York and believes that she should have shown more moral courage by standing up to him. Olive notices this new maturity and strength about her friend.

Basil had planned his walk with Verena in New York to be his final attempt to win her. After that, he...

(The entire section is 966 words.)