The Bostonians Chapters 7 and 8 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 7 and 8 Summary and Analysis


With some trepidation, Olive takes Basil to meet Mrs. Farrinder. She knows that the two are on opposite poles of the reform issue. Mrs. Farrinder invites him to speak to the gathering on the situation of women in the South, but horrified by the thought, he declines. Mrs. Farrinder claims that the South is closed to the reformists and that she had been advised to avoid going there to speak. Verena Tarrant says that she had some success in St. Louis recently, but, as one of the ladies argues, that is hardly the South. Verena is introduced to Mrs. Farrinder and is almost overcome with emotion upon meeting her idol. Mr. Pardon, a young magazine writer, says that Verena speaks marvelously and quite...

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