Washington Square Chapters 15 and 16 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 15 and 16 Summary and Analysis

Summary
Dr. Sloper is nonplussed at Catherine’s reaction to his announcement that he does not approve of her engagement: she has no reaction. He cannot decide if she if giving him a silent reprimand or merely being an obedient daughter.

Catherine, in the meantime, is enjoying the feeling of being an obedient daughter. She writes a letter to Morris, telling him that they should not meet until she has made up her mind. Morris, irate, writes back saying he thought she had already made up her mind. He informs her that her father had been very violent in the conversation he had with Morris, while Morris himself was the picture of self-control. In fact, it had been the exact opposite. Yet Catherine is...

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