The Wings of the Dove Chapters 37 and 38 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 37 and 38 Summary and Analysis


Kate still does not answer Merton’s question as to how Lord Mark came to find out about their engagement. He then asks why Lord Mark was with Mrs. Lowder. Kate informs him that he is staying with her. Mrs. Lowder stayed in London for the Christmas season in order to wait for news from Venice. Lord Mark has stayed because he needs money and is renting his rooms; Mrs. Lowder invited him to stay at Lancaster Gate. Kate tells Merton that this was part of the reason for her leaving the house. Merton says he accepts this as the truth, as he always does when he is with her. She recognizes the conditionality of his statement.

Kate says she cannot remember the date, but she admits talking...

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