The American

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Macmillan and Company, 1879 - Americans - 384 pages
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User Review  - dandelionsmith - LibraryThing

Recommended by a book on writing. Henry James has an engaging detail of description, yet in this novel, the story is alternatively dramatic and romantic, showing both flaws and features. The development takes as many turns as a mountain road on the Tour de France, but with more enjoyment. Read full review

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

One of his better works, but still not great. It appears as though his earlier works were better written. By the time I got to "The Wings of the Dove" (1902) I had grown tired of him. By the end of ... Read full review

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Page 113 - Norman the sense of an elaborate education, of her having passed through mysterious ceremonies and processes of culture in her youth, of her having been fashioned and made flexible to certain exalted social needs.
Page 34 - that is very fine. You are the great Western Barbarian, stepping forth in his innocence and might, gazing a while at this poor effete Old World, and then swooping down on it.
Page 17 - Oh, I see. These," said Mr. Tristram, nodding at the Titians and Vandykes, "these, I suppose, are originals?" "I hope so," cried Newman. "I don't want a copy of a copy.
Page 331 - Was it from curiosity that you urged me to try and marry her?" "A little," said Mrs. Tristram, growing still more audacious. Newman gave her the one angry look he had been destined ever to give her, turned away and took up his hat. She watched him a moment, and then she said, "That sounds very cruel, but it is less so than it sounds.
Page 77 - I think it extremely probable. Those people are very capable of that sort of thing." " It is like something in a play," said Newman; " that dark old house over there looks as if wicked things had been done in it, and might be done again.
Page 328 - The duchess help him— that cold, stout, soft, artificial woman help him?— she who in the last twenty minutes had built up between them a wall of polite conversation in which she evidently flattered herself that he would never find a gate.
Page 7 - It was full of contradictory suggestions; and though it was by no means the glowing orb of a hero of romance, you could find in it almost anything you looked for. Frigid and yet friendly, frank yet cautious, shrewd yet credulous, positive yet sceptical, confident yet shy, extremely intelligent and extremely goodhumoured, there was something vaguely defiant in its concessions, and something profoundly reassuring in its reserve.
Page 284 - But she was better to them than to me," said Newman. "She was afraid," said Mrs. Bread, very confidently ; " she has always been afraid, or at least for a long time. That was the real trouble, sir. She was like a fair peach, I may say, with just one little speck. She had one little sad spot. You pushed her into the sunshine, sir, and it almost disappeared. Then they pulled her back into the shade and in a moment it began to spread. Before we knew it she was gone. She was a delicate creature.

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