View Full Version : Happily ever after?

01-07-2011, 05:49 AM
Has Henry James actually written here an ending of unalloyed happiness? Except for Eugenia, all end perfectly matched, while the cryptic lady returns to her beloved Europe.

Yet why did she deceive Robert Acton about the status of her marriage? Did she lie simply to produce the happy ending? Maybe she rejects Robert's romantic overtures because the termination of her marriage is, in some way, problematic.