Washington Square Chapters 25 and 26 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 25 and 26 Summary and Analysis

The first person that Catherine meets on her return to New York is her aunt, Mrs. Penniman. Catherine is left feeling uncomfortable on learning that her aunt has spent so much time with Morris Townsend, much more than she herself has been with him since the two met. She does not feel jealous, but she is more aware than ever of her aunt’s fantasy of being a romantic savior. Morris has promised that he will not betray Mrs. Penniman to Dr. Sloper. Catherine learns that Morris has made himself at home in her father’s study, a situation with which she does not feel at all comfortable. But she is overjoyed to hear that her fiancé has found a position as a commission-merchant.


(The entire section is 996 words.)