The Awkward Age

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1st World Publishing, Jul 15, 2007 - 534 pages
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Save when it happened to rain Vanderbank always walked home, but he usually took a hansom when the rain was moderate and adopted the preference of the philosopher when it was heavy. On this occasion he therefore recognised as the servant opened the door a congruity between the weather and the "four-wheeler" that, in the empty street, under the glazed radiance, waited and trickled and blackly glittered. The butler mentioned it as on such a wild night the only thing they could get, and Vanderbank, having replied that it was exactly what would do best, prepared in the doorway to put up his umbrella and dash down to it. At this moment he heard his name pronounced from behind and on turning found himself joined by the elderly fellow guest with whom he had talked after dinner and about whom later on upstairs he had sounded his hostess. It was at present a clear question of how this amiable, this apparently unassertive person should get home-of the possibility of the other cab for which even now one of the footmen, with a whistle to his lips, craned out his head and listened through the storm. Mr. Longdon wondered to Vanderbank if their course might by any chance be the same; which led our young friend immediately to express a readiness to see him safely in any direction that should accommodate him.
 

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User Review  - NancyKay_Shapiro - LibraryThing

I read this years ago, but rereading it now, I see that I made nothing of it at the time. THIS time, going very carefully, making sure not to get lost in the intricate layers of the dialogue, I found ... Read full review

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User Review  - pmegan - LibraryThing

Another great plot and unreadable book from Henry James. Why are all his books like that? Great stories... but reading it is like hiking through waist-deep mud. The story of Nanda, a young debutante who isn't quite an innocent as she's supposed to be. Read full review

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Contents

PREFACE
5
BOOK FIRST LADY JULIA
26
BOOK SECOND LITTLE AGGIE
59
BOOK THIRD MR LONGDON
132
BOOK FOURTH MR CASHMORE
167
BOOK FIFTH THE DUCHESS
208
BOOK SIXTH MRS BROOK
277
BOOK SEVENTH MITCHY
327
BOOK EIGHTH TISHY GRENDON
371
BOOK NINTH VANDERBANK
423
BOOK TENTH NANDA
477
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Henry James was born the son of a religious philosopher in New York City in 1843. His famous works include The Portrait of a Lady, Washington Square, Daisy Miller, and The Turn of the Screw. He died in London in 1916, and is buried in the family plot in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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