Washington Square Chapters 31 and 32 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 31 and 32 Summary and Analysis

Catherine continues to hide her feelings, pretending that nothing has occurred. That Sunday evening, Mrs. Almond discusses the situation with Mrs. Penniman. Mrs. Almond is glad that Catherine is not marrying Morris, but she still thinks he should be horsewhipped. Mrs. Penniman, of course, is shocked at the suggestion. She informs her sister that Morris acted out of his concern that Catherine would be impoverished should they be married. When Mrs. Almond asks what Catherine has said to Mrs. Penniman, the latter states (untruthfully) that she says Mrs. Penniman has a “genius for consolation.”

When Catherine expresses concern that her father might ask her about Morris, her aunt tells her to...

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