Washington Square Chapters 17 and 18 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 17 and 18 Summary and Analysis

Mrs. Penniman tells Catherine about her visit with Morris Townsend. Catherine is less than pleased; in fact, she feels genuinely angry, something that she has never felt before. She fears that her aunt is meddling to the point that, somehow, her aunt will “spoil” the relationship. Mrs. Penniman, on her part, is contemptuous of her niece’s loyalty to her father by refusing to see Morris. She makes Catherine drag information out of her concerning the visit, telling her that Morris has stated that he would marry Catherine any day. She also lies about where the two met. Catherine resents her aunt’s pushiness, and Mrs. Penniman resents Catherine’s lack of trust and unwillingness to let Mrs. Penniman...

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