Washington Square Chapters 5 and 6 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 5 and 6 Summary and Analysis

Summary
Arthur and Morris Townsend come to visit shortly after the party. Morris sits with Mrs. Penniman, while Catherine has Arthur for a partner, though she would very much like the situations to be reversed. She cannot help noticing how much Mrs. Penniman enjoys Morris’s company. Catherine herself has trouble focusing on Arthur until he begins to give her some information about Morris. His cousin is orphaned, Arthur says, with only a widowed sister for family. He has no business prospects at the moment. Arthur then informs Morris that he and Catherine have been talking about him. Morris says that he and Mrs. Penniman have not been talking about Arthur, but they have indeed been discussing Catherine....

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