Washington Square Chapters 11 and 12 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 11 and 12 Summary and Analysis

Catherine fearfully goes to her father to break the news concerning her engagement to Morris Townsend. Dr. Sloper calmly allows Catherine to speak, having a good idea of the subject of her announcement. She tells him that she is engaged. Her father is startled, not expecting this to happen so soon, but he keeps a straight face and calmly asks who the lucky man is (as if he did not know that there is only one possibility). When Catherine tells him that she is engaged to Morris, he asks when this engagement took place. When he discovers that it was just two hours previously, he knows that contrary to his own request and Morris’s own vow, Morris has come to the house again.

Knowing how much he...

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