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Washington Square On New York City S Washington Square Lives Catherine Sloper, A Shy And Plain Young Woman Who Is Tyrannized By Her Wealthy, Overbearing Father When Young Morris Townsend Begins To Court Her, Dr Sloper Distrusts His Motives, Believing That The Young Man Could Not Possibly Love His Daughter Both Lovers Are Obstinate In Their Affections But When Dr Sloper Threatens To Disinherit Catherine, Townsend Disappears, Leaving Catherine To Humiliation, Heartache, And Lonely Spinsterhood Years Later, After Her Father S Death, Townsend Returns, And Catherine Must Make Up Her Own Mind About His Intentions.


10 thoughts on “Washington Square

  1. says:

    MR e Ms JAMES Washington Square non era tra le sue opere che James considerava migliori infatti la escluse tra quelle che scelse per la New York Edition che fu la sua vetta editoriale una raccolta dei suoi lavori maggiori in 24 volumi uscita in US e UK tra il 1907 e il 1909.Per Washington Square tra le opere di James che i suoi lettori, io incluso, hanno preferito, e ha ispirato pi di un adattamento, sia teatrale che cinematografico.Padre e figlia nella versione cinematografica diretta da William Wyle nel 1949 il dottor Sloper interpretato da Ralph Richardson e Catherina da Olivia de Havilland Il film usc col titolo The Heiress L ereditiera.Come succede sempre con James, quello che conta non tanto la trama, spesso presa da un episodio vero e poi innestata di elementi disparati, a cominciare dal melodramma Dico questo nonostante in queste pagine l intreccio a suo modo avvincente e fluido, non privo di colpi di scena, con molti dialoghi brevi e ben ritmati.Quello che conta davvero sono le ossessioni di James e su tutte, sopra dentro sotto, la personalit dei suoi sfaccettati personaggi, l incapacit d amare l ossessione regina.Anche qui i personaggi incarnano pi un ide...


  2. says:

    I love this book so much I can t bear it As someone who adores just about every last word that Henry James over wrote, it has never gotten any deliciously un satisfying than this a slim, tart little novel about plain, socially unpromising Catherine Sloper, whose wealthy father refuses to allow her to marry Morris Townsend, whom he believes to be mercenary No matter how many times I read this book, the question still nags at me Does Morris have any feeling at all for Catherine, or is he really just after her fortune But why is this even a question It s usually taken for granted that Morris is sketchily drawn, the standard handsome and callow fortune hunter of melodrama, and his own remarks to other characters in the novel seem to provide ample evidence I m not fully convinced of this, which isn t to say that he s fully drawn rather, I wonder if Morris Townsend might be a kind of failed stereotype, a failure of the novel to keep him in his appointed place If he s so successfully sketchy, then wouldn t the novel be redundant, and its central ambiguity unambiguous If that were so, then Washington Square would do little than encourage the reader s contemptuous pity for its heroine, whose tragedy would be utterly generic her inability to recognize her beloved s venal motives That would b...


  3. says:

    If I close my eyes and ask myself what impression this book has left on me, the idea that comes immediately to mind is stillness The stillness radiates from the main character, Catherine Sloper I see her as a monumental figure in a hieratic pose, immobile, meek, but solid to the core Her immobility impressed me greatly, especially as this book is quite like a play There is a lot of dialogue, a small number of characters, and one principal location where most of the important scenes take place The characters circle that space, and they circle Catherine She rarely moves, and since she pauses before answering every question addressed to her, we have time to imagine her face turning slowly towards the speaker as she meditates her careful response The result of Catherine s overly cautious responses is that the other characters fail to know her, and fail abysmally Though he allows the reader to see of her inner life than the other characters ever guess at, Henry James allows Catherine to keep the core of her being a secret even from us I like to think that as he developed his heroine, his respect for her grew so that he had no choice but to preserve her privacy and to keep the mystery at the heart of her stillness a mystery to the end That s what I wanted for her and that s what...


  4. says:

    Time the late 1840 s, in New York City, Catherine Sloper, a twenty one year old woman, is the daughter of a prominent and wealthy doctor, you d think all the young men would be trying to marry her, but Catherine is plain of face and very shy There s a good probability, that she ll remain a spinster, till the end of her life Catherine adores her father, and is intimidated in his presence, a very intelligent man, Dr.Austin Sloper is The widower, invites his widowed , and emotional sister Lavinia, her penniless clergyman husband left no money, to stay at the Washington Square mansion, recently built by the sad physician he couldn t save his beloved wife and son A nice quiet neighborhood, by the pretty park Everything changes, this peaceful situation, when Catherine meets Mr.Morris Townsend, a beautiful man as she thinks, at her cousin s engagement party Morris dances with the tongue tied girl, Catherine, she falls hard for him But Townsend is lazy, an idler who lives with his sister, a widow, Mrs.Montgomery and five children medicine must have been very primitive back then Morris the desperate sponger, pays close attention to Miss Sloper, talking to he...


  5. says:

    Catherine Sloper doesn t strike us as a representative heroine This novel has definitely expressive and memorable protagonists but it is Catherine who, of all residents of the house at Washington Square, draws my attention Though she is neither pretty nor smart she is gentle and kind and painfully shy Just before Washington Square I read Daisy Miller and now I simply can t help comparing the main heroines Where Daisy is coquettish and reckless Catherine remains modest and immovable Where Daisy fancies for romantic adventure Catherine has her feet firmly on the ground When the first shines and dazzles us with her beauty the other is plain and dull Or so we were told Unlike Daisy Catherine does not want to shine, she does not demand our constant attention And though both like nice dresses unfortunately Miss Sloper s taste leaves a lot to be desired So where Daisy looked lovely and dazzling Catherine appeared old and rather ridiculous Had only Daisy had a bit of Catherine s common sense Or the other way round what if Catherine was flirtatious in the image of Daisy Miller Catherine, who was extremely modest, had no desire to shine, and on most ...


  6. says:

    Henry James is Gangnam styleGangnam styleCatherine Sloper is warm and humanle during the dayA classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffeeA girl whose heart gets hotter when night comesA girl with that kind of twistI m a guy called Morris TownsendA guy who is as warm as you during the dayA guy who one shots his coffee before it even cools downA guy whose heart bursts when night comesThat kind of guyBeautiful, loveableYes you, Catherine Sloper, yes you, heyBeautiful, loveableYes you, hey, yes you, heyNow let s go until the endI don t want your money Catherine SloperI don t want your money Catherine SloperNo, yeah, no,yeahI want youMorris Townsend, gangnam styleHenry James is Gangnam style, Gangnam styleHenry James is Gangnam style, Gangnam styleEh Sexy Lady, Henry James is Gangnam styleEh Sexy Lady oh oh oh ohCatherine Sloper looks quiet but plays bridgeShe puts her hair down when the right time comesShe covers herself but is sexy than a girl who bares it allA sensile girl like thatI m a guy called Morris TownsendI said it once now I say it againA guy who seems calm but plays when he playsA guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comesA guy who has bulging ideas rather than musclesThat kind of guyOn top of the running man is the flying man, baby babyOh oh, the daddy is the flying man babyDr Austin Sloper, a wealthy and highly successful physicianYou know what I mean babyYou ...


  7. says:

    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars for Washington Square, a classic novel written in 1880 by Henry James Henry James is my favorite American realistic period or classic novelist, and Washington Square is an example of why This man can take a small situation and write 300 pages all about it And this is one of his shorter books In this classic, the tale of the average woman, who is set to inherit a large sum of money, meets dashing man but of course, he s only after her money She s considered plain looking He s considered ruthless They couldn t possibly be in love And as you follow the course of their romance, you see what couples and relationships go through during the courting period at least as it was 150 years ago James is not shy when it comes to providing detailed descriptions of feelings and actions You read his words as though you are in your head, thinking about choices and decisions for hours, then acting on them This is a very direct story commentary on the normal every day live, the differences between classes, the way in which women must act to find a husband, the efforts men go to so they can be free, the attitudes of society towards older women or those who are not co...


  8. says:

    Here we are in New York City in the mid 1880 s, a bit before Edith Wharton s time, but in the same social milieu This is a kind of novel of manners, a mid 19th Century soap opera Our author is Henry James, so be prepared for the long, convoluted, comma and semicomma laden sentences akin to those of Jane Austen.Yet a fascinating book Catherine, or less our heroine, is plain, stolid, timid, obedient and, quite frankly, a bit on the dull side She lives in her father s house With her mother deceased, a widowed aunt is her caretaker and companion Catherine is in her late 20 s when a suitor finally appears a late age for that era Her suitor would be quite a catch for a gal like Catherine, so her father, a wealthy physician, immediately recognizes and so do we that he s after her inheritance Her father forbids the marriage and in that process we learn that he is vindictive, petty, tyrannical, bullying and wait there s something even worse he does...


  9. says:

    My first completed book of the year and one that has totally altered my view of Henry James and his fiction Instead of being what I had thought of as the somber master of cold 19th century fiction, he is a man with sharp and perceptive humor, a clever sense of inequalities between sexes and in society My enlightenment is partially responsible for my rating, though I also enjoyed the novel The story is really quite simplewealthy father knows what is best for future heiress daughter Rogue suitor comes to town and captures her heart but does not pull the wool over daddy s eyes Silly Aunt plays go between and girl falls as deeply in love as a 19th century novel allows us to see But James does not stop there he provides so much by giving us asides filled will sarcastic, humorous digs at various characters, revealing deeper traits.In one exchange with his sister, Mrs Almond, Dr Sloper and she are discussing are discussing how the doctor will manage the situation You are shockingly cold blooded said Mrs Almond I need to be with all this hot blood about me Young Townsend, indeed, is cool I must allow him that merit p 144And later, James briefly summarizes three of the main actors Mrs Penniman, of the three persons in Washington Square, had much the most of the manner that belongs to a great crisis If Catherine was quiet, she was quietly quietIf the doctor was stiff and dry, and absolutely indifferent to the presence of his co...


  10. says:

    Heartbreaking glimpse of the dynamic between a cruel father and his dependent daughter, Washington Square is a great short story however, it is so melancholy I have never reread it because I can never forgive or forget the despotic, mental barbarity of her father.