Washington Square Chapters 7 and 8 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 7 and 8 Summary and Analysis

Summary
Dr. Sloper regards with increasing concern the progressing courtship of Morris and Catherine. He is concerned about the appearance of the sudden arrival of a lover where none has darkened the door for that purpose before. Dr. Sloper is not bothered that Morris is poor, but that he is poor through his own weakness of character. When at last Morris comes to visit while Catherine’s father is present, Sloper is impressed with Morris's physical appearance but quite the opposite with his personality. He finds the suitor overconfident without justification.

Morris can readily tell that Sloper does not like him. In a first line of confrontation, he discovers that her father’s approval is...

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