Washington Square Chapters 9 and 10 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 9 and 10 Summary and Analysis

At the customary Sunday evening gathering at Mrs. Almond's, Morris arrives and devotes his time to Catherine. Dr. Sloper, seeing the two together, pities his daughter. Although she knows her father's disapproval of the courtship, she still insists on seeing Morris. Yet she cannot be as openly defiant as she might assume to be. She is not an adequate rebel, and it is that which Dr. Sloper pities. Considering how unattractive she herself is, he acknowledges that she must enjoy the attentions of an attractive young man. He also knows that she will defend him against Morris’s objections. He decides to give Morris another chance. The two men discuss Morris’s employment prospects, yet the subtext is the...

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