Catherine sloper is cursed with what was often fatal in new york society of the time she had plain looks and little personality to compensate. Catherines taste for ornate dress is one of the characteristics that her father finds especially trying. Henry james in that he located its setting in the united states.
He suffers the loss of his wife and a young son many years before, but the passage of time softens this blow. It is also his easiest novel to follow because his writing style had not yet become. Start your free trial with enotes for complete access to this resource and thousands more. It then recounts in detail the story of catherines romance with morris townsend. Catherine quickly falls for the attractive and attentive morris townsend, but meets with opposition from her father, the distinguished physician dr.
The narrator often offers his comments directly to the reader (though it is an awkward confession to make about ones heroine, i must add she was something of a glutton, chapter ii) the novella begins at a distance from the characters, describing the background of the sloper family. His sister has just the sort of nature, incurably romantic, devious, and feminine, to set his teeth on edge he sees her presence in his establishment as merely a necessary inconvenience to provide female supervision for his growing daughter. He also has an annoying ally in the person of mrs.
Catherine quickly falls for the attractive and attentive morris townsend, but meets with opposition from her father, the distinguished physician dr. As james puts it our story has hitherto moved with very short steps, but as it approaches its termination it must take a long stride. Catherine gradually grows throughout the story, ultimately gaining the ability to judge her situation accurately. However, the goetz version does make a few changes to the story and to the character of catherine, making her angry enough to refuse to see her father on his deathbed, and clever enough to devise a ruse to revenge herself on morris. Her father inwardly grimaces at the thought that a child of his should be both ugly and overdressed.