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- Print Length: 159 pages
- Publisher: Hadley Press (April 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DS09ITC
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Somewhere in his career, James remarked that he wanted to be a person on whom "nothing is lost," a person so perceptive that the subtlest movement of others would not pass him by, and here, Gray Fielder seems to be James' alter ego, the man on whom nothing is lost. Fielder is the kind of character James meant in his Preface to The Princess Casamassima: "the person capable of feeling in the given case more than another of what is to be felt for it [the subject of the novel], and so serving in the highest degree to record it dramatically ... is the only sort of person on whom we can count not to betray ... the value and beauty of the thing" (p. 67 in The Art of the Novel). Fielder has inherited such a huge sum of money that he has much to feel about it; he almost feels immoral. And, of course, some experienced money-maker will surely enter the novel to take the money off Gray's hands. Here--I must say--that James' prose is so densely-packed (some would say 'overwritten') that I lost track of the action (what little there was). Page after page is written from inside the mind of Fielder that there seems to be nothing left "to be felt for it."
Had he lived, I think Henry James would have realized that his prose was too fine for his purpose: a different kind of writer would be needed to show that wealthy people appear "civilized" only because someone else does the vulgar labor, and that, indeed, a lot of swindling goes on behind the most genteel.
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