The Bostonians Chapters 5 and 6 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 5 and 6 Summary and Analysis

Summary

Although she is the central focus of the gathering, Mrs. Farrinder does not feel like addressing the group. She says that she wants to sit back and hear what others have to say. She suggests that Olive Chancellor should speak. Olive has mixed feelings. She notices that as grand as Mrs. Farrinder is, she has an edge of unfamiliarity with Boston society that grates on Olive’s nerves. She seems “provincial,” and not quite of the greater world as her position in society dictates. Olive feels that she herself has a significant advantage in dealing with the higher social class. She wants desperately to help the lowest class and to find some poor girl to help. However, the shop girls with whom...

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