By Henry James
Whole tales 1884-1891 good points between its seventeen tales a few of James' maximum masterpieces, between them "The Aspern Papers", a beautiful novella approximately emotional ruthlessness within the provider of literary scholarship, "The Lesson of the Master", an complicated examine of ambition, unhappiness, and the calls for of a existence dedicated to artwork; "Brooksmith", a relocating portrait of a home servant; and the spell binding ghost tale "Sir Edmund Orme".
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Georgina coloured. Well, if you don't know, I can't tell you! Then it seemed to him that he did know. Yet, at the same time, he could not see why, once the knot was tied, secrecy should be required. When he asked what especial event they were to wait for, and what should give them the signal to appear as man and wife, she answered that her parents would probably forgive her if they were to discover, not too abruptly, after six months, that she had taken the great step. Benyon supposed that she had ceased to care whether they forgave her or not; but he had already perceived that the nature of women is a queer mosaic.
She had to accept Georgina's rigidity (she had none of her own to oppose to itshe was only violent, she was not continuous), and once she did this it was plain, after all, that to take her young friend to Europe was to help her, and to leave her alone was not to help her. Georgina literally frightened Mrs. Portico into compliance. She was evidently capable of strange things if thrown upon her own devices. So, from one day to another, Mrs. Portico announced that she was really at last about to sail for foreign lands (her doctor having told her that if she didn't look out she would get too old to enjoy them), and that she had invited that robust Miss Gressie, who could stand so long on her feet, to accompany her.
He didn't see how she could really care for himshe was marked out by nature for so much greater a fortune; and he used to say to her, Ah, you don'tthere's no use talking, you don'treally Page 3 care for me at all! To which she answered, Really? You are very particular. It seems to me it's real enough if I let you touch one of my finger-tips! That was one of her ways of being insolent. Another was simply her manner of looking at him, or at other people, when they spoke to her, with her hard, divine blue eyelooking quietly, amusedly, with the air of considering, wholly from her own point of view, what they might have said, and then turning her head or her back, while, without taking the trouble to answer them, she broke into a short, liquid, irrelevant laugh.