The Portrait of a Lady Chapters 11-15 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 11-15 Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Bob Bantling: Ralph’s bachelor friend from London

Summary
Mrs. Touchett tells Isabel that she does not like Henrietta and describes the American journalist as an “adventuress and a bore.” Later, Henrietta argues with Mrs. Touchett about the relative merits of American hotels and American servants; Isabel’s aunt finds both lacking when compared to those found in Europe. Henrietta bluntly tells Mrs. Touchett that she thinks her comments are offensive.

Henrietta tells Isabel that she and Caspar Goodwood sailed to England on the same ship. She encourages Isabel to renew her acquaintance with Caspar, but Isabel is unhappy that he has come to England. She dreads the...

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