The Wings of the Dove Chapters 22 and 23 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 22 and 23 Summary and Analysis


Milly talks with Susie, who has just come from talking to Sir Luke Strett, Milly’s physician. Milly knows that her companion has taken the news of Milly’s fatal illness hard, and how she is struggling not to show pity. Milly sees this and in turn feels pity for Susie. Milly changes the conversation to talk about Susie’s impression of Sir Luke. The doctor had said that Milly is to do as she likes, and Susie is to help her in that.

Milly then asks Susie what she thinks of Merton Densher. Susie replies, after a prolonged pause, that she thinks he is handsome. Susie turns the conversation back to Milly’s health, and Milly states categorically that she is determined to live.


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