Washington Square

by

Henry James

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Morris, about age 30, is the cousin of Arthur Townsend, Marian Almond’s fiancé. Catherine Sloper is introduced to him at Marian’s engagement party. He is kind and talks nonstop as they dance and sit together. Catherine thinks he is the most handsome man she’s ever seen. Not much is known of Morris’s past, except that he is from a less well-to-do branch of the Townsends, was once in the Navy, and then spent a small inheritance while traveling abroad. He claims to have been deceived by his friends and to be alone in the world. After courting Catherine for a number of weeks, he asks for her hand in marriage and she accepts, but they face immediate opposition from Dr. Sloper, who thinks he is merely mercenary. Though the exact extent of Morris’s affection for Catherine is never made clear, he does admit to being interested in her inheritance. Aunt Penniman repeatedly meddles in their romance and acts as an adoptive mother to him while Catherine is abroad. Upon Catherine’s return from Europe, Morris breaks off their engagement, citing Dr. Sloper’s refusal to accept him. Catherine, genuinely in love, is devastated. Decades later, he seeks to be reconciled with Catherine, and though she forgives him for jilting her, she is no longer interested in being friends.

Morris Townsend Quotes in Washington Square

The Washington Square quotes below are all either spoken by Morris Townsend or refer to Morris Townsend. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“He is not what I call a gentleman. He has not the soul of one. He is extremely insinuating; but it's a vulgar nature. I saw through it in a minute. He is altogether too familiar—I hate familiarity. He is a plausible coxcomb.”

“Ah, well,” said Mrs. Almond; ‘if you make up your mind so easily, it’s a great advantage.”

“I don’t make up my mind easily. What I tell you is the result of thirty years of observation; and in order to be able to form that judgment in a single evening, I have had to spend a lifetime in study.”

“Very possibly you are right. But the thing is for Catherine to see it.”

“I will present her with a pair of spectacles!” said the Doctor.

Related Characters: Dr. Austin Sloper (speaker), Aunt Elizabeth Almond (speaker), Catherine Sloper, Morris Townsend
Page Number: 35
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“And therefore, you mean, I am mercenary—I only want your daughter’s money.”

“I don’t say that. I am not obliged to say it; and to say it, save under stress of compulsion, would be very bad taste. I say simply that you belong to the wrong category.”

“But your daughter doesn’t marry a category,” Townsend urged, with his handsome smile. “She marries an individual—an individual whom she is so good as to say she loves.”

“An individual who offers so little in return!”

“Is it possible to offer more than the most tender affection and a lifelong devotion?” the young man demanded.

“It depends how we take it. It is possible to offer a few other things besides, and not only is it possible, but it’s usual. A lifelong devotion is measured after the fact; and meanwhile it is customary in these cases to give a few material securities. What are yours? A very handsome face and figure, and a very good manner. They are excellent as far as they go, but they don’t go far enough.”

Related Characters: Dr. Austin Sloper (speaker), Morris Townsend (speaker), Catherine Sloper
Page Number: 56
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Chapter 14 Quotes

The Doctor eyed her a moment. “You women are all the same! But the type to which your brother belongs was made to be the ruin of you, and you were made to be its handmaids and victims. The sign of the type in question is the determination—sometimes terrible in its quiet intensity—to accept nothing of life but its pleasures, and to secure these pleasures chiefly by the aid of your complaisant sex. Young men of this class never do anything for themselves that they can get other people to do for them, and it is the infatuation, the devotion, the superstition of others, that keeps them going. These others in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred are women. What our young friends chiefly insist upon is that someone else shall suffer for them; and women do that sort of thing, as you must know, wonderfully well.” The Doctor paused a moment, and then he added abruptly, “You have suffered immensely for your brother!”

Page Number: 66
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Chapter 15 Quotes

She only had an idea that if she should be very good, the situation would in some mysterious manner improve. To be good, she must be patient, respectful, abstain from judging her father too harshly, and from committing any act of open defiance. […] She could not imagine herself imparting any kind of knowledge to her father, there was something superior even in his injustice and absolute in his mistakes. But she could at least be good, and if she were only good enough. Heaven would invent some way of reconciling all things—the dignity of her father’s errors and the sweetness of her own confidence, the strict performance of her filial duties and the enjoyment of Morris Townsend’s affection.

Page Number: 72
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Mrs. Penniman’s real hope was that the girl would make a secret marriage, at which she should officiate as brideswoman or duenna. She had a vision of this ceremony being performed in some subterranean chapel—subterranean chapels in New York were not frequent, but Mrs. Penniman’s imagination was not chilled by trifles—and of the guilty couple—she liked to think of poor Catherine and her suitor as the guilty couple—being shuffled away in a fastwhirling vehicle to some obscure lodging in the suburbs, where she would pay them (in a thick veil) clandestine visits, where they would endure a period of romantic privation, and where ultimately, after she should have been their earthly providence, their intercessor, their advocate, and their medium of communication with the world, they should be reconciled to her brother in an artistic tableau, in which she herself should be somehow the central figure. She hesitated as yet to recommend this course to Catherine, but she attempted to draw an attractive picture of it to Morris Townsend.

Page Number: 72
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Chapter 18 Quotes

Catherine sat alone by the parlour fire—sat there for more than an hour, lost in her meditations. Her aunt seemed to her aggressive and foolish, and to see it so clearly—to judge Mrs. Penniman so positively—made her feel old and grave. She did not resent the imputation of weakness; it made no impression on her, for she had not the sense of weakness, and she was not hurt at not being appreciated. She had an immense respect for her father, and she felt that to displease him would be a misdemeanour analogous to an act of profanity in a great temple: but her purpose had slowly ripened, and she believed that her prayers had purified it of its violence. The evening advanced, and the lamp burned dim without her noticing it; her eyes were fixed upon her terrible plan.

Page Number: 85
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Chapter 22 Quotes

“I sometimes think that if I do what you dislike so much, I ought not to stay with you.”

“To stay with me?”

“If I live with you, I ought to obey you.”

“If that’s your theory, it’s certainly mine,” said the Doctor, with a dry laugh.

“But if I don’t obey you, I ought not to live with you—to enjoy your kindness and protection.”

This striking argument gave the Doctor a sudden sense of having underestimated his daughter; it seemed even more than worthy of a young woman who had revealed the quality of unaggressive obstinacy. But it displeased him—displeased him deeply, and he signified as much. “That idea is in very bad taste,” he said. “Did you get it from Mr. Townsend?”

“Oh no; it’s my own!” said Catherine eagerly.

“Keep it to yourself, then,” her father answered, more than ever determined she should go to Europe.

Related Characters: Catherine Sloper (speaker), Dr. Austin Sloper (speaker), Morris Townsend
Page Number: 107
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Chapter 23 Quotes

Her father’s displeasure had cost the girl, as we know, a great deal of deep-welling sorrow—sorrow of the purest and most generous kind, without a touch of resentment or rancour; but for the first time, after he had dismissed with such contemptuous brevity her apology for being a charge upon him, there was a spark of anger in her grief. She had felt his contempt; it had scorched her; that speech about her bad taste made her ears burn for three days. During this period she was less considerate; she had an idea—a rather vague one, but it was agreeable to her sense of injury—that now she was absolved from penance, and might do what she chose. She chose to write to Morris Townsend to meet her in the Square and take her to walk about the town. If she were going to Europe out of respect to her father, she might at least give herself this satisfaction. She felt in every way at present more free and more resolute; there was a force that urged her. Now at last, completely and unreservedly, her passion possessed her.

Page Number: 108
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Chapter 24 Quotes

After a while the Doctor descried a footpath which, leading through a transverse valley, would bring them out, as he justly supposed, at a much higher point of the ascent. They followed this devious way and finally lost the path; the valley proved very wild and rough, and their walk became rather a scramble. […] Then, abruptly, in a low tone, he asked her an unexpected question—“Have you given him up?”

The question was unexpected, but Catherine was only superficially unprepared. “No, father!” she answered.

He looked at her again, for some moments, without speaking. “Does he write to you?” he asked.

“Yes—about twice a month.”

The Doctor looked up and down the valley, swinging his stick; then he said to her, in the same low tone—“I am very angry.”

She wondered what he meant—whether he wished to frighten her. If he did, the place was well chosen; this hard, melancholy dell, abandoned by the summer light, made her feel her loneliness.

Related Characters: Catherine Sloper (speaker), Dr. Austin Sloper (speaker), Morris Townsend
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Page Number: 114
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Chapter 25 Quotes

“You were angry last year that I wouldn’t marry immediately, and now you talk about my winning my father over. You told me it would serve him right if he should take me to Europe for nothing. Well, he has taken me for nothing, and you ought to be satisfied. Nothing is changed—nothing but my feeling about father. I don’t mind nearly so much now. I have been as good as I could, but he doesn’t care. Now I don’t care either. I don’t know whether I have grown bad; perhaps I have. But I don’t care for that. I have come home to be married—that’s all I know. That ought to please you, unless you have taken up some new idea; you are so strange. You may do as you please; but you must never speak to me again about pleading with father. I shall never plead with him for anything; that is all over. He has put me off. I am come home to be married.”

Page Number: 122
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Chapter 26 Quotes

“I wouldn’t say such a thing without being sure. I saw it, I felt it, in England, just before he came away. He talked to me one night—the last night; and then it came over me. You can tell when a person feels that way. I wouldn’t accuse him if he hadn’t made me feel that way. I don’t accuse him; I just tell you that that’s how it is. He can’t help it; we can’t govern our affections. Do I govern mine? mightn’t he say that to me? It’s because he is so fond of my mother, whom we lost so long ago. She was beautiful, and very, very brilliant; he is always thinking of her. I am not at all like her; Aunt Penniman has told me that. Of course it isn’t my fault; but neither is it his fault. All I mean is, it’s true; and it’s a stronger reason for his never being reconciled than simply his dislike for you.”

Page Number: 125
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Chapter 28 Quotes

[…] [S]he had accustomed herself to the thought that, if Morris should decidedly not be able to get her brother’s money, it would not do for him to marry Catherine without it. […] She had grown first to regard [this idea] with an emotion which she flattered herself was philosophic, and then to have a secret tenderness for it. The fact that she kept her tenderness secret proves, of course, that she was ashamed of it […] In the first place, Morris must get the money, and she would help him to it. In the second, it was plain it would never come to him, and it would be a grievous pity he should marry without it—a young man who might so easily find something better. After her brother had delivered himself, on his return from Europe, of that incisive little address that has been quoted, Morris’s cause seemed so hopeless that Mrs. Penniman fixed her attention exclusively upon the latter branch of her argument. If Morris had been her son, she would certainly have sacrificed Catherine to a superior conception of his future; and to be ready to do so as the case stood was therefore even a finer degree of devotion. Nevertheless, it checked her breath a little to have the sacrificial knife, as it were, suddenly thrust into her hand.

Page Number: 132
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Chapter 29 Quotes

“When persons are going to be married, they oughtn’t to think so much about business. You shouldn’t think about cotton, you should think about me. You can go to New Orleans some other time—there will always be plenty of cotton. It isn’t the moment to choose—we have waited too long already.” She spoke more forcibly and volubly than he had ever heard her, and she held his arm in her two hands.

“You said you wouldn’t make a scene!” cried Morris. “I call this a scene.”

“It’s you that are making it! I have never asked you anything before. We have waited too long already.” And it was a comfort to her to think that she had hitherto asked so little; it seemed to make her right to insist the greater now.

Related Characters: Catherine Sloper (speaker), Morris Townsend (speaker)
Page Number: 139
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Chapter 30 Quotes

“Is it you then that have changed him and made him so unnatural?” Catherine cried. “Is it you that have worked on him and taken him from me! He doesn’t belong to you, and I don’t see how you have anything to do with what is between us! Is it you that have made this plot and told him to leave me? How could you be so wicked, so cruel? What have I ever done to you; why can’t you leave me alone? I was afraid you would spoil everything; for you do spoil everything you touch! I was afraid of you all the time we were abroad; I had no rest when I thought that you were always talking to him.” Catherine went on with growing vehemence, pouring out in her bitterness and in the clairvoyance of her passion (which suddenly, jumping all processes, made her judge her aunt finally and without appeal), the uneasiness which had lain for so many months upon her heart.

Related Characters: Catherine Sloper (speaker), Morris Townsend, Aunt Lavinia Penniman
Page Number: 148
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Chapter 32 Quotes

From her own point of view the great facts of her career were that Morris Townsend had trifled with her affection, and that her father had broken its spring. Nothing could ever alter these facts; they were always there, like her name, her age, her plain face. Nothing could ever undo the wrong or cure the pain that Morris had inflicted on her, and nothing could ever make her feel towards her father as she felt in her younger years. There was something dead in her life, and her duty was to try and fill the void.

Page Number: 158
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Morris Townsend Character Timeline in Washington Square

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Chapter 4
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...to a young man, the cousin of her own fiancé, Arthur Townsend. The young man, Morris Townsend, had expressed a desire to make Catherine’s acquaintance. He is talkative and, Catherine thinks,... (full context)
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Catherine continues to find Morris’s conversation very amusing. She thinks he talks “the way a young man might talk in... (full context)
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...a second time, saying only that she’s very tired. When Aunt Penniman speaks approvingly of Morris on the ride home, Dr. Sloper suspects that the time has come when Lavinia will... (full context)
Chapter 5
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A few days later, Arthur and Morris Townsend pay a visit to Washington Square. Catherine tells Arthur that his cousin Morris seems... (full context)
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After the young men leave, Aunt Penniman tells Catherine that she believes Morris is “coming a-courting.” Given that Morris has “barely heard the sound of her voice,” Catherine... (full context)
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When Morris Townsend calls at Washington Square again a few days later, Aunt Penniman thinks, “That’s the... (full context)
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That night, Dr. Sloper teases Catherine, asking her if Morris proposed to her that day. Catherine wishes she had a readier comeback, and Dr. Sloper... (full context)
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Mrs. Almond goes on to say that Morris had been in the Navy when he was younger, then “amused himself” by traveling abroad,... (full context)
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...be delighted with Catherine. Dr. Sloper has little to say to this, but wonders about Morris’s means of supporting himself, as he reportedly lives with his widowed sister. (full context)
Chapter 7
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...young man might love Catherine for her “moral worth.” He tells Mrs. Penniman to invite Morris to dinner the next time he calls. (full context)
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The dinner takes place a few days later. Morris admires Dr. Sloper’s good wine, and Dr. Sloper admires Morris’s innate abilities; however, he doesn’t... (full context)
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...with Mrs. Almond, he says that Catherine will have to get over her feelings for Morris, because he is “not a gentleman,” having “a vulgar nature […] altogether too familiar.” He... (full context)
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Morris visits Catherine more and more, and Catherine is very happy. Though she is in love,... (full context)
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Aunt Penniman finally reveals something of the “misfortunes” Morris has told her about, claiming he’s alone in the world and has been betrayed by... (full context)
Chapter 9
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The next Sunday evening at Aunt Almond’s house, the Slopers are visiting their relatives, and Morris joins the party. Catherine, aware that Dr. Sloper doesn’t like Morris, shrinks from his gaze... (full context)
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Dr. Sloper wonders if perhaps he hasn’t given Morris enough of a chance and starts a conversation with him about his search for work.... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Morris asks Catherine if she will meet him somewhere in private, as he has something particular... (full context)
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The next day Morris comes to the Slopers’ house as expected. Having told Catherine that he loves her, he... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...evening Catherine goes to Dr. Sloper’s study and tells him that she is engaged to Morris. Dr. Sloper observes that their relationship has moved very fast Then he tells her that... (full context)
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Catherine says that Dr. Sloper thinks Morris “mercenary,” and Dr. Sloper concedes that this is true, since Morris has already spent his... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Dr. Sloper remains at home the next day in anticipation of Morris’s visit. He tells Morris that he ought to have spoken to him before proposing to... (full context)
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Morris acknowledges that he knows Dr. Sloper doesn’t like him. Dr. Sloper agrees that, in view... (full context)
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Dr. Sloper goes on to say that it would be “in bad taste” to call Morris “mercenary,” but that he does belong to “the wrong category.” Morris protests that Catherine isn’t... (full context)
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Morris and Dr. Sloper continue to go back and forth about Morris’s past dealings with money... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...and 19 times out of 20, he has been right. Aunt Almond suggests that perhaps Morris Townsend is the 20th case. Dr. Sloper doesn’t think so, but to give him the... (full context)
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...belief that Catherine’s longstanding admiration for him will win out over her newfound love for Morris. Aunt Almond is not so sure, and anyway, she points out, Aunt Penniman will be... (full context)
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Dr. Sloper meets with Morris’s sister, Mrs. Montgomery, at her house, whose exterior suggests she is a “thrifty and self-respecting”... (full context)
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Mrs. Montgomery thinks for a while and asks what makes Dr. Sloper dislike her brother Morris so much. He explains that although Morris seems like excellent company, he appears ill-suited to... (full context)
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...made to be its handmaids and victims.” He goes on to explain that men like Morris exploit the devotion of women like Mrs. Montgomery and Catherine in order to pursue their... (full context)
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...“by a philosophic trick—by what they call induction.” He is amused to learn further that Morris tutors the five Montgomery children in Spanish, and asserts that Morris “sponges off” his sister.... (full context)
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Almost in tears, Mrs. Montgomery resists Dr. Sloper’s pressure to speak ill of Morris’s character, but she finally bursts out with, “Don’t let [Catherine] marry him!” Dr. Sloper leaves... (full context)
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Catherine obeys Dr. Sloper’s orders not to see Morris, but she exchanges letters with him. She asks Morris for a little time to think,... (full context)
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...not much help. She can only daydream about a fantasy scenario in which Catherine and Morris are secretly married, with herself playing some heroic role in the arrangements. She writes Morris... (full context)
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During her secret meeting with Morris at the oyster saloon, Aunt Penniman tries to convince him that Dr. Sloper will never... (full context)
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That evening, when Aunt Penniman tells Catherine about her meeting with Morris, Catherine feels angry for almost the first time in her life, realizing that “her aunt... (full context)
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...niece has “suddenly become stern and contradictious.” Catherine asks Aunt Penniman not to meet with Morris again. Aunt Penniman finds her “thankless.” (full context)
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...first she’s unable to speak, but finally she admits that she has been writing to Morris and would like to see him again; she doesn’t intend to give him up. (full context)
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...He explains that if she wishes to make him happy, she has only to give Morris up, and it would be better for Catherine to be unhappy for a few months... (full context)
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...her goal is “to effect some gentle, gradual change in [her father’s] intellectual perception” of Morris’s character, but she has exhausted her arguments. She says she will see Morris once, and... (full context)
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...she does by way of “giving [Catherine] aid and comfort” in her efforts to see Morris will be “treasonable,” which is “a capital offense.” Aunt Penniman is offended by her brother’s... (full context)
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Morris visits the next day and tells Catherine she has been “cruel” to keep him waiting... (full context)
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...he will try to “polish” Catherine with a trip to Europe, in the hope that Morris will forget her. (full context)
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Aunt Penniman meets with Morris again in secret with the advice that, in light of Dr. Sloper’s narrow-mindedness, Morris should... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Morris avoids setting a date for a private wedding. He doesn’t want to risk losing Catherine... (full context)
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Catherine, meanwhile, trusts Morris so completely “that she [is] incapable of suspecting that he [is] playing with her.” Catherine’s... (full context)
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...Europe. Though his manner seems warmer, he is displeased when Catherine mentions taking leave of Morris. Catherine expresses her discomfort at living with Dr. Sloper while disobeying him. Dr. Sloper, while... (full context)
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...feel that she is “absolved from penance,” and she decides that she will meet with Morris despite her father’s feelings. When she and Morris take a walk, Catherine expresses no interest... (full context)
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...end up spending an entire year in Europe. In their absence, Aunt Penniman frequently hosts Morris at Washington Square. He enjoys a favorite chair by the fireside and smokes Dr. Sloper’s... (full context)
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...is his “docile and reasonable associate” throughout their sightseeing. Catherine continues to secretly correspond with Morris behind her father’s back; still stung by his response to her attempts to be honorable,... (full context)
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...Alpine pass and lose their way. Abruptly, Dr. Sloper asks Catherine if she has given Morris up. She admits that she still writes to Morris. Dr. Sloper replies that he is... (full context)
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Dr. Sloper reiterates that he is furious. He says that if Catherine marries Morris, she will be left to starve in a place as desolate as the Alps. The... (full context)
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...York. He asks Catherine to give him three days’ warning before she “goes off” with Morris to marry him. He says that Morris ought to be grateful to him for taking... (full context)
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...York, Aunt Penniman chatters away to Catherine about how well she has gotten to know Morris in the past year. Catherine is ambivalent, glad to speak freely of Morris but unhappy... (full context)
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...sway Dr. Sloper while they were abroad, and Catherine explains that although this had been Morris’s plan, she had always known it wouldn’t work. She tells Aunt Penniman that she is... (full context)
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Catherine and Morris are reunited the next day. Catherine is excited and imagines that their troubles are over,... (full context)
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When Morris continues to press the issue, Catherine calmly dissuades him, explaining that it’s now clear to... (full context)
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Catherine entreats Morris to be kind to her because of how much she’s given up for him. Rather... (full context)
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...Almond that Catherine has come home as immovable as he is on the subject of Morris; Aunt Almond is touched by the fact and takes care to show “motherly kindness” to... (full context)
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When Aunt Penniman meets with Morris again, Morris says that, in light of Dr. Sloper’s immovable attitude, he must “know when... (full context)
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Morris, however, is ashamed. He asks Aunt Penniman to let Catherine down easily, explaining that he’s... (full context)
Chapter 29
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As it turns out, Aunt Penniman shrinks from the task of telling Catherine of Morris’s plan, which means that Morris finds himself paying numerous uncomfortable visits to Washington Square while... (full context)
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...over to her grief; “it seemed to her that a mask had suddenly fallen” from Morris’s face. Nevertheless, she maintains her composure in front of the household, and she coldly refuses... (full context)
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...aunt’s “meddlesome folly,” and she unleashes her anger on Lavinia for coming between herself and Morris and spoiling everything. Not wanting to stay angry forever, she finally listens to her startled... (full context)
Chapter 31
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A few days later, Catherine receives an eloquent letter from Morris, explaining that he doesn’t want to come between her and her father, that professional pursuits... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...escape” and that he’s done his duty by her. He even suspects that she and Morris might marry after he is dead. (full context)
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As far as Catherine is concerned, the two major events of her life are that “Morris Townsend had trifled with her affection, and that her father had broken its spring.” Nothing... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...and one day, to Catherine’s surprise, he asks her to promise that she won’t marry Morris—who has apparently been in New York, and has grown “fat and bald”—after he dies. Catherine... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...evening some years later, Aunt Penniman surprises Catherine with the news that she’s lately seen Morris at Marian’s house. She says that Morris is much changed and has not been successful... (full context)
Chapter 35
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A week later, Aunt Penniman again asks if Catherine is willing to see Morris. Though Catherine has long since forgiven her aunt’s meddling, she now “[senses] that her companion... (full context)
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Just then, the doorbell rings, and before Catherine can leave the room, Morris Townsend is announced. When Catherine finally turns to look at him, she is shocked; she... (full context)
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Morris asks if they can be friends again and says that he has never ceased to... (full context)