The Wings of the Dove Chapters 12 and 13 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 12 and 13 Summary and Analysis


Sir Luke Strett has only a few minutes to examine Milly, but requests that she come back in a day or two when he has more time to give her a thorough examination. A seemingly carefree Milly comes out of the office; her show of trust to Kate is designed to get her to open up about her relationship with Merton. Since she does not reveal anything, Milly says she feels comfortable enough to come back alone to see the doctor. As they wait for the carriage, Milly is moved by how nice everyone is to her.

At her second appointment with Sir Luke, Milly feels liberated by having someone fully aware of her dark situation. Even from her first visit, she felt as if she had gone to confession and...

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