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The Portrait of a Lady

by Henry James

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Chapters 41-45 Questions and Answers

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Study Questions
1. What does Pansy enjoy talking to Lord Warburton about?

2. According to Osmond, what does Pansy have to do to become Lady Warburton?

3. How does Isabel experience the suffering her marriage has brought her

4. What is Gilbert Osmond’s opinion of himself?

5. Does Isabel think that Osmond still loves her?

6. How does Osmond describe Isabel’s independent opinions?

7. According to Lord Warburton, why didn’t he send his letter to Osmond?

8. How old is Lord Warburton and how old is Pansy?

9. Does Countess Gemini remember who Henrietta is?

10. How does Pansy really feel about Ned Rosier?

Answers
1. “In spite of her simplicity,” Pansy is glad to discuss the state of Italy, the condition of the peasantry, taxes, and Roman society with Lord Warburton.

2. Osmond says, “My daughter has only to sit perfectly quiet to become Lady Warburton.”

3. Her suffering is described as “an active condition.” It was a “passion of thought, of speculation, of response to every pressure.”

4. According to Isabel, he thinks he is “better than any one else.”

5. No, Isabel now believes that her husband hates her.

6. He says her sentiments are worthy of a radical newspaper or a Unitarian preacher.

7. Warburton tells Isabel that he wasn’t satisfied with the letter. He felt it was “awkward” to write.

8. Although Warburton is 42-years -old, he still considers marrying Pansy, who, at 21, is young enough to be his daughter.

9. She doesn’t remember Henrietta’s name, but recognizes her when she sees her.

10. Pansy tells Isabel that marrying Ned Rosier is the only thing she wanted in life.

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