A Painful Case: Summary and Analysis
James Duffy: middle-aged ascetic and scholar
Emily Sinico: middle-aged married woman who becomes attached to Duffy intellectually and personally
James Duffy is a middle-aged ascetic who lives an isolated and intellectual life. He writes and reads philosophy, attends concerts, but lives far removed from human companionship.
At a concert, he meets Mrs. Emily Sinico, who attends the concert with her daughter. After she makes a comment, Duffy speaks to her. At their next chance meeting at another concert, he speaks more personally, finding out that her husband, a sea captain, often travels for long periods.
After their third accidental...
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