By Henry James
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Confidence, considered one of Henry James’s early and lesser-known novels, is the fascinating tale of a couple of yank expatriates—an artist and a scientist—traveling during the nice towns of Europe.
Romantic issues occur whilst the 2 previous neighbors come across very assorted girls on their travels, proposals and rejections stick with, yet all ends fortunately for everyone.
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Here they are, trying to make Boo come out of the sombre Radley House: Jem said, ‘Lemme think a minute ... ’ asked Dill. ’ Dill said striking a match under a turtle was hateful. ’ Jem growled. ’ ‘Turtles can’t feel, stupid,’ said Jem. ’ Or think of Dill getting sick of the trial and breaking down. It is Mr Raymond, the man ‘who perpetrated fraud against himself by drinking Coca Cola in a whiskey bag’ who says: ‘Let him get a little older and he won’t get sick and cry. ’ To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee’s Tragic Vision 41 And we have the sad juxtaposition of the two worlds.
Here is Aunt Alexandra, ‘analogous to Mount Everest .... she was cold and there’, betraying the novelist’s eye for the ridiculous: She was not fat, but solid, and she chose protective garments that drew up her bosom to giddy heights, inched in her waist, flared out her rear, and managed to suggest that Aunt Alexandra’s was once an hour-glass figure. From any angle it was formidable. We have ‘Miss Stephanie Crawford, that English channel of gossip’, and Miss Dubose who was horrible: ‘Her face was horrible.
A similar skepticism is implied by his repeated observation that “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (p. 36). He understands the difficulties of Tom Robinson, although Tom Robinson is black; he understands the difficulties of a Walter Cunningham, though Cunningham is—to Aunt Alexandra—“trash”; he understands the pressures being brought to bear upon his children because of his own considered actions.
Confidence by Henry James