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The Marriages   By: (1843-1916)

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In The Marriages, Henry James delves into the complex world of love, marriage, and societal expectations. Through his distinctive prose and insightful characterizations, James presents a thought-provoking exploration of the institution of marriage and its influence on individuals.

The novel follows the lives of two sisters, the radiant and spirited Deborah and her reserved and sensible sibling Kate. As they navigate the world of courtship and marriage, James skillfully delves into the psyche of his characters, delving deep into their hopes, desires, and fears. Through his nuanced portrayal, he exposes the societal pressures and expectations that shape their choices, often leading to unforeseen consequences.

James' writing style is richly detailed and elegant, capturing the nuances of human behavior and the intricacies of social dynamics. His ability to flesh out even the most minor characters enables the reader to fully immerse themselves in the world he creates. Each page offers a tapestry of emotions, from joy and excitement to heartbreak and disillusionment.

One of the most compelling aspects of The Marriages is James' exploration of the contradictions within marriage itself. He grapples with the idea of love as a motivator for marriage versus the practical considerations of social status and financial security. The complex interplay between love, duty, and societal expectations manifests as characters find themselves trapped in unsatisfying unions or facing difficult choices.

Moreover, James' keen observation of the upper-class society of his time offers a sharp critique of its customs and conventions. He exposes the hypocrisy that often lurks beneath the surface of polite society and challenges the reader to question the value that society places on appearances over genuine connection.

While The Marriages can be a slow-paced read at times, it rewards the patient reader with a deep understanding of the complexities of human relationships. James' ability to illuminate the emotional and psychological landscapes of his characters is unparalleled, leaving the reader emotionally invested in their stories.

In conclusion, The Marriages by Henry James is a beautifully crafted novel that explores the intricacies of love, marriage, and societal expectations. James' nuanced characterizations and incisive observations make this a captivating read for those interested in the complex dynamics of human relationships.

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This etext was scanned by David Price, email from the 1922 Macmillan and Co. edition. Proofed by Elizabeth Manzelli and Vanessa Mosher.

The Marriages

by Henry James


"Won't you stay a little longer?" the hostess asked while she held the girl's hand and smiled. "It's too early for every one to go it's too absurd." Mrs. Churchley inclined her head to one side and looked gracious; she flourished about her face, in a vaguely protecting sheltering way, an enormous fan of red feathers. Everything in her composition, for Adela Chart, was enormous. She had big eyes, big teeth, big shoulders, big hands, big rings and bracelets, big jewels of every sort and many of them. The train of her crimson dress was longer than any other; her house was huge; her drawing room, especially now that the company had left it, looked vast, and it offered to the girl's eyes a collection of the largest sofas and chairs, pictures, mirrors, clocks, that she had ever beheld. Was Mrs. Churchley's fortune also large, to account for so many immensities? Of this Adela could know nothing, but it struck her, while she smiled sweetly back at their entertainer, that she had better try to find out. Mrs. Churchley had at least a high hung carriage drawn by the tallest horses, and in the Row she was to be seen perched on a mighty hunter... Continue reading book >>

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