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Ad no recollection of reading a particular scene The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art from early in the story the one in which Isabel Archer meets a stranger in her aunt s house And yet there was something about the lead up to that scene that caught my attention this time the house is very still because Isabel s uncle is dying Out of the silence comes the sound of someone playing the piano Wonderingly Isabel makes her way toward the source of the harmony Those six words were like a bell ringing in my mind Ielt a sharpening of interest an awareness of how pivotal this moment would be in the story I remember thinking I ve been reading this book with all senses on alert and this is my reward I ve sensed the author s excitement at the turn his story is about to take There was another scene later in the book when I had a similar eeling of change about to happen Isabel sits up late one night in Rome pondering a difficult decision indeed pondering all the decisions in her life so ar The reader watches with her and wonders how she will act And wonders again when she inally doesThere are other major shifts in the narrative but none stood out or me uite the way those two did In act Henry James purposely avoids describing the most significant shift of all by skipping a three year section of Isabel s life completely which is a very effective narrative device of course introducing both surprise and suspense in a story that has only a six year span in total As a reader I appreciated both strategies the emphasis he seemed to place on some scenes and the complete omission he allowed to others It was all very wonderful In act this book has revised my idea of what wonderful means The Portrait of a Lady is vying Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?: And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries for a place as the highlight of my Henry James reading year even though The Ambassadors was alreadyirmly camped in that position I ve decided they can be the joint highlight they have a lot of wonderfulness in commonWhen I Seal Team Seven 11: Flashpoint: Flashpoint finished The Portrait I turned to HJ s 1906 appendix andound a paragraph about his concerns An Innocent in Cuba for the reader He writes that he has purposely piled brick upon brickor our benefit carefully including the details that will enable us to grasp the totality of his creation And among those details he mentions two in particular keystones in the building of the story as it were The irst is the piano scene I described earlier He speaks of the rare chemistry of that scene in which Isabel recognizes that a huge change is about to happen in her life I elt really validated as a reader to have been aware in advance of the significance of what I was about to read and so I wasn t surprised when his other pivotal scene turned out to be the one where Isabel sits up late into the Roman night pondering her decisions This is the sixteenth Henry James book I ve read in six months Perhaps I ve learnt something of the way his writer s mind worksMore confirmation of that possibility came when he began to discuss the shape of this novel He continues to speak in terms of bricks and architecture and proportions and he says that of all his novels The Portrait is the best proportioned with the exception of a novel he was to write twenty two years later The Ambassadors Alongside a certain roundness in shape which they share he inds they also share a kind of supporting beam or rib that runs through them This rib is made rom two minor but key characters Henrietta Stackpole and Maria Gostrey Both seem extraneous to each story at Matka alkaa (Etsijät first glance yet both are central to the architecture of their particular story I remember noting that Maria Gostrey was the thread that allowed me toind my way through the labyrinth that was The Ambassadors so it was wonderful to hear Henry James confirm that and underline the links between the two books as well I was also reminded that I had begun to look at his books in terms of architecture while reading The Wings of the Dove so I really appreciated his architectural metaphorsIn act the appendix left me amazed and wondering at every turn In the updates I uoted part of a paragraph on his theories about the house of iction I d like to uote the whole thing here because it is really worth reading and it provided me with huge insights into some Gerald Murnane books I ve puzzled over in the past The Plains and Inland and offered a strong desire to read Murnane s Million Windows The house of Too Big for Diapers (Sesame Street) fiction has in short not one window but a million a number of possible windows not to be reckoned rather every one of which has been pierced or is still pierceable in its vastront by the need of the individual vision and by the pressure of the individual will These apertures of dissimilar shape and size hang so all together over the human scene that we might have expected of them a greater sameness of report than we Seven Nights to Forever find They are but windows at the best mere holes in a dead wall disconnected perched aloft they are not hinged doors opening straight upon life But they have this mark of their own that at each of them stands aigure with a pair of eyes or at least with a ield glass which orms again and again or observation a uniue instrument insuring to the person making use of it an impression distinct rom every other He and his neighbors are watching the same show BUT ONE SEEING WHERE THE OTHER one seeing where the other less one seeing black where the other sees white one seeing big where the other sees small one seeing coarse where the other sees Carvalho und die Meere des Südens fine And so on and so on there isortunately no saying on what The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove for the particular pair of eyes the window may NOT openortunately by reason precisely of this incalculability of range The spreading ield the human scene is the choice of subject the pierced aperture either broad or balconied or Slit Like And Low Browed like and low browed the literary Ninja Slice form but they are singly or together as nothing without the posted presence of the watcher without in other words the consciousness of the artist Tell me what the artist is and I will tell you of what he has BEEN conscious Thereby I shall express to you at once his boundlessreedom and his moral referenceThis book is the Inbox final one in my 2017 Henry James season and I can t think of a better title toinish on But in every ending there are beginnings The Portrait has led me to another book Henry James says he took the slight personality the mere slim shade of an intelligent but presumptuous girl and created what he called an ado about Isabel Archer That reference has prompted me to go back to Shakespeare and read Much Ado About Nothing I do love when one book leads to another The Portrait of a lady Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James irst published as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly and Macmillan s Magazine in 1880 81 and then as a book in 1881 It is one of James s most popular long novels and is regarded by critics as one of his inest The Portrait of a Lady is the story of a spirited young American woman Isabel Archer who in confronting her destiny A Touch of Gold finds it overwhelming She inherits a large amount of money and subseuently becomes the victim of Machiavellian scheming by two American expatriates Like many of James s novels it is set in Europe mostly England and Italy Generally regarded as the masterpiece of James s early period this novel reflects James s continuing interest in the differences between the New World and the Old often to the detriment of theormer It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal reedom responsibility and betrayal 1971 1348 866 31 433 1390 798 9789644484964 19 54 866 Book Review 3 out of 5 stars or The Portrait of a Lady a classic story called the Great American Novel written by Henry James in 1881 I adore Henry James and Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into the Next Big Thing found great enjoyment in his literary works when I began reading him in myreshmen year at college As an English major I was exposed to many different authors but I elt a strong connection with him and this literary period American realistic works spoke to me above any of the other classic books I had been reading As a result I chose Henry James as the primary ocus of an independent study course I d taken in my senior year I read 6 or 7 of his books during those 3 months and am going back now to provide uick reviews as not everyone Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter finds him as enjoyable as I do I also don t want to bore everyone with a lengthy review on how to interpret him or his booksThe Portrait of a Lady tells the story of a young woman who years to have her own life and make her own mark on the world She doesn t want to be contained by marriage or the structure in place at the time in the late 19th century She has different characteristics comingrom American English and continental European Az éltető étkek arany szutrája female archetypes She has strong moral and ethical values She knows who she is yet she does not know all As she moves through life she makes choices that are not easyor her to execute What I loved about this work is its deep exploratory view points beautiful language and unparalleled characters Though I only give it a 3 when compared to some of this other works I would recommend you read a A Grid for Murder few chapters or sections just to see if it is something you couldind yourself getting lost inThe impact you Painted Desert feel upon reading this book is uestioning what is the true view of a lady how is she differentrom generation to generate location to location and societal class to societal class James knows women He is very accurate on many levels wrong on a Appetite few too But to put out his thoughts in a huge tome at a time when women were beginning to get rights and be able to cross genres and genders is amazing It s less about what he says and about how he says it And that s why I enjoy reading him but even I admit I can only take 1 book everyew years About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also ind TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can ind all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks or stopping by. 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Sabel at Gardencourt Her uncle s house seemed a picture made real no refinement of the agreeable was lost upon Isabel the rich perfection of Gardencourt at once revealed a world and gratified a need The large low rooms the deep greenness outside that seemed always peeping in the sense of well ordered privacy in the centre of a property much to the taste of our young lady whose taste played a considerable part in her emotions By marrying Osmond Isabel ends up enveloped in a palace dark and suffocating She could live it over again the incredulous terror with which she had taken the measure of her dwelling Between those our walls she had lived ever since they were to surround her Pure Grit for the rest of her life It was the house of darkness the house of dumbness the house of suffocation Osmond s beautiful mind gave it neither light nor air Osmond s beautiful mind indeed seemed to peep downrom a small high window and mock at her There she seeks refuge or consolation on the ruins of Rome Apple-Picking Day! for her a symbol of hopeor despite their long sufferings they are still standing She had long before this taken old Rome into her confidence or in a world of ruins the ruin of her happiness seemed a less unnatural catastrophe She rested her weariness upon things that had crumbled or centuries and yet still were upright she dropped her secret sadness into the silence of lonely places so that as she sat in a sun warmed angle on a winter s day she could smile at it and think of its smallness But ultimately she seeks refuge once at Gardencourt All purpose all intention was suspended all desire too save the single desire to reach her much embracing refuge Gardencourt had been her starting point and to those muffled chambers it was at least a temporary solution to return She had gone Ajax is All About Attack forth in her strength she would come back in her weakness and if the place had been a rest to her before it would be a sanctuary now 3 Isabel s choices andreedomIsabel s ability to choose and the choices she makes are the thread that is carefully woven throughout the novel and it raises her stature as a America the Philosophical fictional heroine in my opinion to the level of that of an Anna Karenina or an Emma Bovary For better oror worse I m not bent on a life of misery said Isabel I ve always been intensely determined to be happy and I ve often believed I should be I ve told people that But it comes over me every now and then that I can never be happy in any extraordinary way not by turning away by separating myself By separating yourself The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North from what From life From the usual chances and dangersrom what most people know and suffer The moment Isabel inherits starts the process whereupon she loses some of her reedom There s one remarkable clause in my husband s will Mrs Touchett added He has left my niece a ortune A The Northman's Bride fortune Madame Merle softly repeated Isabel steps into something like seventy thousand pounds Madame Merle s hands were clasped in her lap at this she raised them still clasped and held them a moment against her bosom while her eyes a little dilated Ah she cried the clever creature And around Isabel there is always a sense of danger I try to care about the world than about myself but I always come back to myself It s because I m afraid She stopped her voice had trembled a little Yes I m afraid I can t tell you A largeortune means reedom and I m afraid of that It s such a ine thing and one should make such a good use of it If one shouldn t one would be ashamed I m not sure it s not a greater happiness to be powerless But was she really Cherry Bomb free or were her choices not asree as she dreamed Or was it all inevitable to some degree It seems that Isabel Archer s life was to some extend inescapable and this Leading the Way fact was not totally unknown to her However she thoroughly recongnizes how misguided she had been in her choice of husband It was as if he had had the evil eye as if his presence were a blight and hisavour a misfortune Was the ault in himself or only in the deep mistrust she had conceived or him This mistrust was now the clearest result of their short married life a gulf had opened between them over which they looked at each other with eyes that were on either side a declaration of the deception suffered Subseuentely Isabel remains too proud to show it to the her The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace friends But despite all her efforts to conceal her misery she cannot camouflage itrom Ralph and Caspar Watching her Trying to make out if she s happy That s easy to make out said Ralph She s the most visibly happy woman I know Exactly so I m satisfied Goodwood answered dryly For all his dryness however he had to say I ve been watching her She pretends to be happy that was what she undertook to be and I thought I should like to see When Red Cried Wolf for myself what it amounts to I ve seen he continued with a harsh ring in his voice and I don t want to see any I m now uite ready to go Sorrowful and heartbroken that s how this passage made meeel But she is never to be pitied she always stands upright despite doomed adversity Yes I suspect there is a sense of inevitability what choices did she have where her other suitors conductive of real happiness I think not which have made Isabel Archer s into a tragedy But she is ar rom it she s into a tragedy But she is The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing farrom it she has choices Nevertheless James work is not merely that It is a reflection upon the ideal of a relative reedom and a play with its execution in a woman s life the actions its struggles and the conseuent decisions taken by choice This is what James has achieved with this work that liberty is not only an ideal but a responsibility too Though the reader may not approve of all her choices at the end "KEEPING IN MIND THE BETRAYAL OF TRUST BROUGHT ABOUT "in mind the betrayal of trust brought about Madam Merle and Osmond they were all reely taken or the result of her own will A will which comes not merely rom the limitations imposed by society but by a newfound maturity result of all her suffering and above all rom the vow to remain true to oneself 4 Henry James gives the reader plenty of room to imagineThere s something about Henry James work and here in particular that A Constellation of Vital Phenomena flares tosses back andorth with unspoken rustration and desire James art the one thing that makes him stand out or me is in how he somehow implies suggests hints but never outright tells the reader the ins and outs of his story He even skips years and it only adds to its enjoyment If you want to live along with Isabel Archer and I Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights felt like I did is to be conuered by infinite possibilities Here we are not mere spectator or bystanders but may live everything along with her if we want to It is a hard reading that reuires effort but if we invest in it we can grasp the possibilities the whole world that exists beneath the surface of his work5 Her ultimate choiceIsabelalls Still Life with Chickens for Gilbert Osmond to my mind partly because he does not mindlessly adore her does notawn over her He takes his time in the courtship he with the help of Madame Merle has a clear strategy and it works He is mysterious indolent and there is the hint of a darker side He appears to be tired of everything simply bored so Isabel Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea feels likeor once she is helping somebody That her inheritance has a meaning a destiny She seems to Paradox Bound feel recompensated andulfilled What has he ever done he added abruptly That I should marry him Nothing at all Isabel replied while her patience helped itself by turning a little to hardness If he had done great things would you orgive me any better Give me up Mr Goodwood I m marrying a perfect nonentity Don t try to take an interest in him You can t And we are not the only ones to be surprised by her choice to marry Gilbert Osmond Ralph was appalled I think I ve hardly got over my surprise he went on at last You were the last person I expected to see caught I don t know why you call it caught Because you re going to be put into a cage If I like my cage that needn t trouble you she answered You must have changed immensely A year ago you valued your liberty beyond everything You wanted only to see life But she still has another choice ahead of her Her ultimate choice is whether or not to return to Osmond after she goes to Gardencourt to visit her dying cousin Again Henry James gifts us with a superb image that could not translate better the pervading dread of what she is about to do There was a penetrating chill in the image and she drew back into the deepest shade of Gardencourt She lived rom day to day postponing closing her eyes trying not to think She knew she must decide but she decided nothing her coming itself had not been a decision On that occasion she had simply started And at last we understand her ultimate decision although such resolution is not easily reached There were lights in the windows of the house they shone STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare far across the lawn In an extraordinarily short timeor the distance was considerable she had moved through the darkness or she saw nothing and reached the door Here only she paused She looked all about her she listened a little then she put her hand on the latch She had not known where to turn but she knew now There was a very straight path In the end I recognized a worthier and mature Isabel Archer and I think that she comes out of her sufferings stronger I would like to imagine Osmond would be surprised by her when she gets back to Rome and that she would be able to change her standing Their roles perhaps altered Although there should certainly be anguish ahead of her given what she is going back to I imagine there is always the possibility of happiness I had many wonderful moments while reading this book moments when the writing halted the reading when I had to pause and admire and wonder Moments when the book seemed to speak to my own experience as if it were written expressly or the girl who was me at twenty two causing me to wonder how Henry James could have guessed so well the presumptuous ideas I had about life and love at that early stage All of that is very personal of course and not necessarily of interest to other readers but there were other moments in my reading of The Portrait of a Lady that better merit mention in a review I had read this book before about twenty years ago so although I knew the bare bones of the story I remembered ew of the details I certainly 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10 Things I Love About Henry James s The Portrait Of A Lady1 Isabel ArcherThe lady in the title Beautiful young headstrong and spirited the American woman visits her wealthy relatives in England rejects marriage proposals by two worthy suitors inherits a ortune and then is manipulated into marrying one of the most odious creatures on the planet Gilbert Osmond She s utterly Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All fascinating and if I were back in university I imagine having long conversations and arguments about her character What does she want Freedom The ability to choose even if it s a bad choice Is she a projection of James s latent homosexuality Is she aeminist or not There are no simple answers 2 The Prose and Psychological ComplexityDamn James knew how to write long luxuriant sentences that dig deep into his characters minds Sometimes the effect can be claustrophobic get me out of this person s head but often it s utterly compelling and convincing We partly read iction to learn about other people s lives right Well James does that The exceptions Isabel s two wealthy handsome suitors Warburton and Goodwood are less than believable and remind me of eager or horny dogs their tails wagging whenever they re around their lovelust object3 The StoryOkay not much really happens But as the book progressed even though I sort of knew the outcome it s hard to avoid spoilers rom a 135 year old classic I was increasingly curious to see how Isabel would act In act I raced through the inal chapters breathlessly Who knew Henry James page turner And have a theory about that ending Take your turn4 The HumourIt s not a comedy but there are lots of amusing bits James s narrator is genial and Mexican Hooker funny Henrietta Stackpole her gentlemanriend Mr Bantling and even Gilbert Osmond s sister the Countess Gemini are all very colourful characters who elicit a chuckle or two And Isabel s aunt can be terribly cutting as well I love Ralph Isabel s cousin and the dignified British Lord Warburton s reactions to the enterprising no The League for the Suppression of Celery fuss American lady journalist Henrietta 5 The SettingsEach one is significantrom the stately Gardencourt home of Isabel s relatives the Touchetts to the bustle and anonymity of London to the ruins of Rome where Isabel inds herself stuck in a dead ossilized marriage James is a master at Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery finding the right place to stage a scene I could write an essay about interiors and exteriors in the book but I ll spare you6 The VillainsMadame Merle and Gilbert Osmond individually they re sinister but together they re positively Machiavellian Inact in one scene it s revealed that they both like Machiavelli and Isabel doesn t get the clue They totally play her And yet they re believable too Osmond s scene in which he professes his love is brilliant in its manipulation and the inal turn of the screw asking her to do him a avour is very clever Madame Merle s motivations always keep you guessing Does she see herself in Isabel Is she jealous Does she just want to exert her power over her The scene in which Isabel sees both in her home conspiring evident The Day Fidel Died from their attitudes is so powerful James refers to it a couple of times And of course it s missingrom the Jane Campion ilm see below7 The ThemesDoes money corrupt What do you really know about someone before you marry What is the true nature of reedom What happens when New World American innocence meets Old World European experience All these themes and many others come across naturally and never eel shoe horned into the story8 The TechniueI remember hearing people go on about the architecture of Henry James s novels and this one is sturdily handsomely built The book begins and ends in the same setting And there are some ingenious sections in the middle where time has passed and the reader discovers major information through conversations Like any great writer James knows what to leave out He makes you do work to ill in the pieces but the novel becomes memorable because of that And he bridges the Victorian and Modern eras in the same way that Beethoven bridges the Classical and Romantic eras9 Chapter 42After a huge blowup with Osmond Isabel stays up all night staring into the ireplace and ponders her life thinking How did I get here James considered it one of the best things he d ever written and although I haven t read a lot of his work which I will soon remedy I d have to agree It s right up there with Hamlet s solilouies10 The Fact that the Book Doesn t Lend Itself Well To Adaptation A couple days after inishing the book I watched the Campion The Outlaw and the Upstart King film starring Nicole Kidman Besides an evocative score and a brilliant performance by Barbara Hershey as Madame Merle and a suitably slimy one by John Malkovich basically changing costumesrom his Dangerous Liaisons character it was dreadfully dull There have been other James adaptations The Wings Of The Dove The Golden Bowl The Bostonians but none of these ilms has achieved the critical or popular success of an Age Of Innocence Howards End or Room With A View Maybe it s hard to get that psychological complexity onscreen Read the booksConclusion James is The Master Up til now I d only read his shorter works like the novellas The Turn Of The Screw Daisy Miller view spoilerI still don t uite know what killed her sorry if that s a spoiler hide spoiler For my dear riend Jeffrey Keeten I would if that s a spoiler hide spoiler FOR MY DEAR FRIEND JEFFREY KEETEN I WOULD HAVE my dear riend Jeffrey Keeten I would have it if it were not or you Thanks Henry James The Portrait of a Lady touched me deeply Since I inished this novel a Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul few days ago I could not seem to stop thinking about it as I tried to organize myeelings That I was mesmerized by it there is no doubt So much that the search or its understanding has occupied practically all my ree moments And to Speak Through the Wind fully grasp it I could not do without Henry James masterful help soorgive me if you Stories for a Teen's Heart find I uote him too often Oh but this is a work in progress soorgive me again or any inaccuracy or inconsistency 1 The complexity of Isabel Archer Millions of presumptuous girls intelligent or not intelligent daily inaccuracy or inconsistency 1 The complexity of Isabel Archer Millions of presumptuous girls intelligent or not intelligent daily their destiny and what is it open to their destiny to be at the most that we should make an ado about it The novel is of its very nature an ado an ado about something and the larger the orm it takes the greater of course the ado Therefore consciously that was what one was in or or positively organising an ado about Isabel Archer Portrait of a Lady is the story of a young American woman Isabel Archer and her voyage of self discovery I loved getting into Isabel s conflicted mind her doubts and her confidence her wishes and her choices I went even urther and identified thoroughly with Isabel Archer I could relate to her conflicted mind her dreams and ultimate choices She was a pleasure to know because she is so extraordinarily complex complex in a way that ictional people seldom areFrom the irst we learn how Isabel valued her reedom in a dialogue with her cousin Ralph Adopted me The girl stared and her blush came back to her together with a momentary look of pain Oh no she has not adopted me I m not a candidate The Best Canadian Animal Stories: Classic Tales by Master Storytellers for adoption I beg a thousand pardons Ralph murmured I meant You meant she has taken me up Yes she likes to take people up but she added with a certain visible eagerness of desire to be explicit I m veryond of my liberty The secondary characters are there to explain Isabel Archer as Henry James tells us they are there The Vagabonds for what they are worth the definite array of contributions to Isabel Archer s history I recognized them I knew them they were numbered pieces of my puzzle the concrete term of my plot Mrs Touchett her aunt brings Isabel to Europe but is indifferent and unfeeling Ralph is initially amused by her and helps her to inherit aortune only to guarantee her choices and the The Gilgul of Park Avenue freedom toollow them he probably is the only one that thoroughly loved Isabel Madam Merle manages her meeting with Osmond and makes sure they end up married Osmond thinks of her as one item The Last of the Renshai for his collection Mr Goodwood is persistent and never loses interest in her life coming back again and again to see how she is but seems to offer nothing Lord Warburton is aair aristocratic Even Eagles Need a Push: Learning to Soar in a Changing World friend to Isabel but was he truly in love with her or merely lookingor a trophy wife Henrietta Stackpole is a true riend and probably an antithesis to Isabel and Pansy the artless creation of her husband depends on Isabel as the only person who throughly loves her So everyone including the reader look upon her judge her decisions and contemplate as she takes each of her ateful steps into her destinyOh there is much about Isabel and I hope I will be able to know her better once I am inished 2 The images and metaphors of Isabel Archer s lifeTo discuss this I irst I want to tell you about a recurrent dream I had At Sixes and Sevens for a very long time Sometimes I dreamed that I was walking down the corridor on my home and discovered a door I had never realized existed deciding to explore I would open it and it led me to a new endless row of rooms all grand with high windows and sunny overlooking majestic gardens that I had never observed existed before As I opened each door amazing new discoveries were revealed to me Myeelings were of exuberance of happiness to have discovered so much beauty inside my home But there was a variation to these recurrent dreams or worst there were also nightmares In these I also discovered new places never visited before however they would be dark and looked nowhere As a result of this oppressive atmosphere I used to The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole feel like I was in an endless prison inside my own home I rejoiced in theirst and The Last Honest Man: Mordecai Richler: An Oral Biography feared to revisit those nightmaresSo when I started reading The Portrait of a Lady it wasascinating to read how Henry James uses symbolic or metaphorical architectural spaces and places to tell us about Isabel Archer and her life This was something I knew and it remitted directly to my dreams and my deepest self Her imagination was by habit ridiculously active when the door was not open it jumped out of the window She was not accustomed indeed to keep it behind bolts and at important moments when she would have been thankful to make use of her judgement alone she paid the penalty of having given undue encouragement to the The Catholic Home faculty of seeing without judging Weirst meet Regarded by many critics as James's masterpiece this superbly crafted novel presents Isabel Archer a young American heiress newly arri.