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PostSubject: Chapters 16-19   Tue May 01, 2007 3:57 pm

This forum is for the discussion of The Portrait of a Lady, chapters 16-19.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapters 16-19   Fri May 18, 2007 1:43 am

I am really starting to dislike our heroine. She seems presumptious in the fact that she doesn't care where her money is coming from. Mrs. Touchette is not letting her know. When you have money, you can afford to have more principles than other people. If she had to marry to secure her future, she would have to have a different outlook on her marriage proposals.

Henrietta wants her to keep her "American" values. I didn't realize it was such an important thing to keep your ways and culture through a geographical point. It was even more disturbing that by marrying an American, she would keep her convictions as an American. I always thought that those were within no matter where you reside.

I am trying to see the author portray the supporting characters as giving and endulging by supporting her financially, but it's hard.

Is Isabel such a wonderful person that she can just follow her passion of being independent. Did her father raise her so independent that she didn't need anyone in her adult life?

I guess I'm looking at this literature journey from within the book.

Kelley, expand for me what you were talking about when you said that James was using different types of writing. I'm not picking up any of that. Where did you read about that?
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PostSubject: Re: Chapters 16-19   Sun May 20, 2007 1:59 am

Well even before I read the SparkNotes on this section, I did not like Madame Merle, she seems sneaky and fake. I feel like she is already manipulating Isabel with her compliments and 'advice'.
We can already assume the fortune that will be coming to Isabel will bring with it many new struggles.

Marti, I was talking about the use of quietism, I think they called it, where the author implies that things happen, but doesn't go into great detail. An example is when Goodwood proposes initially and Isabel refuses, we know that it has happened but we don't have the details until this set of chapters.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapters 16-19   Sun May 20, 2007 9:16 pm

In quietism, will the facts be released eventually?
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