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Daisy Miller, Four Meetings, Longstaff's…

Daisy Miller, Four Meetings, Longstaff's Marriage, and Benvolio

by Henry James

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This volume contains three of James' stories, namely "Daisy Miller", "An International Episode" and "Lady Barbarina". All of those stories revolve around British-American (or American-British, for that matter) relations. On the whole I give this volume 4.5 stars.
"Daisy Miller" is one of the greatest stories I have read so far. James' writing is easy to follow and very humorous. I found "Daisy Miller" a very enjoyable read (I've read it twice so far). It tells the tale of a young American 'lady' in Europe who attracts the attention of a gentleman, Winterbourne. Next to the tale of the two protagonists the reader can enjoy an account of American society in Europe in the 19th century. 5 stars.
"An International Episode" is a tale that perfectly describes English nobility from an American perspective. Through the eyes of Mrs Westgate and her sister, Bessie Alden, we get to know the British Lord Lambeth and Percy Beaumont, both representatives of England's high society. The criticism that is often uttered unveiled makes the story a funny read. 5 stars.
"Lady Barbarina" goes into the same direction as the two preceding stories. Only this time, an American man wants to marry into English nobility. After a lot of arguing back and forth, the American, Jackson Lemon, is finally married to Lady Barb, the English girl. However, Lady Barb is not happy in America and takes her chance to leave for England again. Jackson Lemon can only follow her, otherwise he would have to live separated from his wife. This story, again, is to my mind well crafted and humorously written. 4 stars. ( )
  OscarWilde87 | Jun 2, 2010 |
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Daisy Miller -- Four meetings -- Longstaff's marriage -- Benvolio.
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