Chapters 17 and 18 Summary and Analysis
Merton Densher had arrived back in London the day before he and Kate encountered Milly at the National Gallery. Heedless of being observed, Kate met him at the train station, where the couple made plans to get together to discuss their future. As they discuss their surreptitious rendezvous, Merton is struck by the fact that, although he tries to deal with this while demonstrating a respect for Kate’s position, respect is something of a fifth wheel; it is an unwanted element that hinders their plans. Should Kate drive him to his residence, he would be tempted to invite her in, with all that would entail. He thinks of it in terms of being vulgar, and believes that Kate is manipulating his lust...
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