The Wings of the Dove Chapters 10 and 11 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 10 and 11 Summary and Analysis


Milly and Mrs. Stringham are ready to leave Lancaster Gate, although Mrs. Lowder (and Lord Mark) wish them to stay. Milly sees Kate Croy through new eyes after the revelation of her relationship with Merton Densher. She fancies that Kate is made for “great social uses,” but she has no idea what those uses might be. Mrs. Lowder judges Kate to be a “luxury to take about the world.” Lord Mark is part of Mrs. Lowder’s plan for Kate, and he is aware of it.

Mrs. Lowder begs Milly to stay, stating that she needs her help in dealing with Kate. She is grateful for the reconnection with Mrs. Stringham and views her renewed friendship as a gift from God. Milly later recalls that the...

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