Washington Square Chapters 23 and 24 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 23 and 24 Summary and Analysis

Mrs. Penniman learns that she is not to be included in the European trip. She is philosophic about it, although she admits she would have loved to see the art and the ancient ruins of Rome. She tells Catherine of her father’s real reason for the trip—taking Catherine away from Morris Townsend so that she might forget him. Catherine declares that this is of course not possible, so she contemplates telling her father so that he will not pay for a trip whose purpose is to no avail. Mrs. Penniman, however, suggests that she wait until afterward for the purpose of causing her father the expense. This, to Mrs. Penniman, is just revenge.

Catherine writes to Morris, asking him to meet her one...

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