The Wings of the Dove Chapters 31 and 32 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 31 and 32 Summary and Analysis


Susie arrives at Merton’s rooms to tell him that Milly has “turned her face to the wall” (prepared herself to die). Susie has wondered about Merton, but knows that it was best that he stay away. She asks him, however, if he will stay in Venice, at least for her; he agrees. Milly has not spoken for three days, not about Merton or anyone.

Merton asks Susie if Milly is dying; Susie says, “Yes.” Merton asks if she knows everything about him. Susie replies that she does not know everything, but that is why she has come. He sees that she has not come to judge him but to pity him.

Merton asks if he could see Milly, but Susie replies that it is too late. She has sent...

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