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Confidence - Chapter XX Confidence - Chapter XX

Confidence - Chapter XX
Bernard walked beside her, and for some moments nothing was saidbetween them. As the silence continued, he became aware of it,and it vexed him that she should leave certain things unsaid.She had asked him no question--neither whence he had come, nor how longhe would stay, nor what had happened to him since they parted.He wished to see whether this was intention or accident. He wasalready complaining to himself that she expressed no interest in him,and he was perfectly aware that this was a ridiculous feeling.He had come to speak to her in order to tell her that he wasgoing... Long Stories - Post by : magichearts - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2775

Confidence - Chapter XIX Confidence - Chapter XIX

Confidence - Chapter XIX
I have called it a stale expedient on Bernard Longueville's partto "go to Europe" again, like the most commonplace American; and itis certain that, as our young man stood and looked out of the windowof his inn at Havre, an hour after his arrival at that sea-port,his adventure did not strike him as having any great freshness.He had no plans nor intentions; he had not even any very definite desires.He had felt the impulse to come back to Europe, and he had obeyed it;but now that he had arrived, his impulse seemed to have little moreto say to him. He... Long Stories - Post by : questor - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 997

Confidence - Chapter XVIII Confidence - Chapter XVIII

Confidence - Chapter XVIII
ard left then and went to California; but when he arrivedthere he asked himself why he had come, and was unable to mentionany other reason than that he had announced it. He began to feelrestless again, and to drift back to that chronic chagrinwhich had accompanied him through his long journey in the East.He succeeded, however, in keeping these unreasonable feelingsat bay for some time, and he strove to occupy himself,to take an interest in Californian problems. Bernard, however,was neither an economist nor a cattle-fancier, and he found that,as the phrase is, there was not a great deal to... Long Stories - Post by : Timothy_Warnock - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1260

Confidence - Chapter XVII Confidence - Chapter XVII

Confidence - Chapter XVII
Yes, he was conscious--he was very conscious; so Bernard reflectedduring the two or three first days of his visit to his friend.Gordon knew it must seem strange to so irreverent a criticthat a man who had once aspired to the hand of so intelligenta girl--putting other things aside--as Angela Vivian should,as the Ghost in "Hamlet" says, have "declined upon"a young lady who, in force of understanding, was so very muchMiss Vivian's inferior; and this knowledge kept him illat his ease and gave him a certain pitiable awkwardness.Bernard's sense of the anomaly grew rapidly less acute;he made various observations which helped it... Long Stories - Post by : TheGuy - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2442

Confidence - Chapter XVI Confidence - Chapter XVI

Confidence - Chapter XVI
It was not till our hero reached Paris, on his returnfrom the distant East, that the rumor I have just mentionedacquired an appreciable consistency. Here, indeed, it tookthe shape of authentic information. Among a number of delayedletters which had been awaiting him at his banker's he founda communication from Gordon Wright. During the previous yearor two his correspondence with this trusted--and trusting--friend had not been frequent, and Bernard had received littledirect news of him. Three or four short letters had overtakenhim in his wanderings--letters as cordial, to all appearance,if not as voluminous, as the punctual missives of... Long Stories - Post by : wescoast - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1650

Confidence - Chapter XV Confidence - Chapter XV

Confidence - Chapter XV
Now that gordon was gone, at any rate, gone for good, and notto return, he felt a sudden and singular sense of freedom.It was a feeling of unbounded expansion, quite out of proportion,as he said to himself, to any assignable cause.Everything suddenly appeared to have become very optional;but he was quite at a loss what to do with his liberty.It seemed a harmless use to make of it, in the afternoon,to go and pay another visit to the ladies who lived at theconfectioner's. Here, however, he met a reception which introduceda fresh element of perplexity into the situation that Gordonhad left... Long Stories - Post by : tcloyes - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2136

Confidence - Chapter XIV Confidence - Chapter XIV

Confidence - Chapter XIV
Gordon asked him no questions for twenty-four hours after his return,then suddenly he began:"Well, have n't you something to say to me?"It was at the hotel, in Gordon's apartment, late in the afternoon.A heavy thunder-storm had broken over the place an hour before,and Bernard had been standing at one of his friend's windows,rather idly, with his hands in his pockets, watching the rain-torrentsdance upon the empty pavements. At last the deluge abated,the clouds began to break--there was a promise of a fine evening.Gordon Wright, while the storm was at its climax, sat down towrite letters, and wrote half a dozen.... Long Stories - Post by : vlutz - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 3250

Confidence - Chapter XIII Confidence - Chapter XIII

Confidence - Chapter XIII
More than a fortnight had elapsed, but Gordon Wright had notre-appeared, and Bernard suddenly decided that he would leave Baden.He found Mrs. Vivian and her daughter, very opportunely, in the gardenof the pleasant, homely Schloss which forms the residence of the GrandDukes of Baden during their visits to the scene of our narrative,and which, perched upon the hill-side directly above the little town,is surrounded with charming old shrubberies and terraces. To this gardena portion of the public is admitted, and Bernard, who liked the place,had been there more than once. One of the terraces had a high parapet,against which... Long Stories - Post by : wonderstuff - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2892

Confidence - Chapter XII Confidence - Chapter XII

Confidence - Chapter XII
It was affirmed at an early stage of this narrative thathe was a young man of a contemplative and speculative turn,and he had perhaps never been more true to his characterthan during an hour or two that evening as he sat by himselfon the terrace of the Conversation-house, surrounded bythe crowd of its frequenters, but lost in his meditations.The place was full of movement and sound, but he had tilted backhis chair against the great green box of an orange-tree, and in thiseasy attitude, vaguely and agreeably conscious of the music,he directed his gaze to the star-sprinkled vault of the night.There... Long Stories - Post by : rajhu - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1060

Confidence - Chapter XI Confidence - Chapter XI

Confidence - Chapter XI
For the three or four days that followed Gordon Wright's departure,Bernard saw nothing of the ladies who had been committed to his charge.They chose to remain in seclusion, and he was at liberty to interpret thisfact as an expression of regret at the loss of Gordon's good offices.He knew other people at Baden, and he went to see them and endeavored,by cultivating their society, to await in patience the re-appearanceof Mrs. Vivian and her companions. But on the fourth day he becameconscious that other people were much less interesting than the trioof American ladies who had lodgings above the confectioner's,... Long Stories - Post by : missopportunity - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1995

Confidence - Chapter X Confidence - Chapter X

Confidence - Chapter X
It had seemed to him a good idea to interrogate Mrs. Vivian;but there are a great many good ideas that are never put into execution.As he approached her with a smile and a salutation, and, with the airof asking leave to take a liberty, seated himself in the empty chairbeside her, he felt a humorous relish of her own probable dismaywhich relaxed the investigating impulse. His impulse was now simplyto prove to her that he was the most unobjectionable fellow in the world--a proposition which resolved itself into several ingenious observationsupon the weather, the music, the charms and the drawbacks... Long Stories - Post by : ramuks - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1720

Confidence - Chapter IX Confidence - Chapter IX

Confidence - Chapter IX
Bernard talked of this matter rather theoretically, inasmuch asto his own sense, he was in a state neither of incipient nor ofabsorbed fascination. He got on very easily, however, with Angela Vivian,and felt none of the mysterious discomfort alluded to by his friend.The element of mystery attached itself rather to the young lady's mother,who gave him the impression that for undiscoverable reasons she avoidedhis society. He regretted her evasive deportment, for he found somethingagreeable in this shy and scrupulous little woman, who struck himas a curious specimen of a society of which he had once been very fond.He learned... Long Stories - Post by : stevepennington - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2205

Confidence - Chapter VIII Confidence - Chapter VIII

Confidence - Chapter VIII
He forbore to ask her his question again--she might tell him ather convenience. But the days passed by, and she never told him--she had her own reasons. Bernard talked with her very often;conversation formed indeed the chief entertainment of the quietlittle circle of which he was a member. They sat on theterrace and talked in the mingled starlight and lamplight,and they strolled in the deep green forests and wound alongthe side of the gentle Baden hills, under the influenceof colloquial tendencies. The Black Forest is a countryof almost unbroken shade, and in the still days of midsummerthe... Long Stories - Post by : George_Ahrens - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2129

Confidence - Chapter VII Confidence - Chapter VII

Confidence - Chapter VII
But on the following evening, Bernard again found himselfseated in friendly colloquy with this interesting girl,while Gordon Wright discoursed with her mother on one side,and little Blanche Evers chattered to the admiring eyes of CaptainLovelock on the other."You and your mother are very kind to that little girl," our hero said;"you must be a great advantage to her."Angela Vivian directed her eyes to her neighbors, and let them resta while on the young girl's little fidgeting figure and her fresh,coquettish face. For some moments she said nothing, and to Longueville,turning over several things in his mind, and watching her, it... Long Stories - Post by : nospecs - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 781

Confidence - Chapter VI Confidence - Chapter VI

Confidence - Chapter VI
That evening, in the gardens of the Kursaal, he renewed acquaintance withAngela Vivian. Her mother came, as usual, to sit and listen to the music,accompanied by Blanche Evers, who was in turn attended by Captain Lovelock.This little party found privacy in the crowd; they seated themselvesin a quiet corner in an angle of one of the barriers of the terrace,while the movement of the brilliant Baden world went on around them.Gordon Wright engaged in conversation with Mrs. Vivian, while Bernardenjoyed an interview with her daughter. This young lady continued toignore the fact of their previous meeting, and our hero... Long Stories - Post by : 34181 - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1128

Confidence - Chapter V Confidence - Chapter V

Confidence - Chapter V
Life at baden-baden proved a very sociable affair, and Bernard Longuevilleperceived that he should not lack opportunity for the exerciseof those gifts of intelligence to which Gordon Wright had appealed.The two friends took long walks through the woods and over the mountains,and they mingled with human life in the crowded precincts ofthe Conversation-house. They engaged in a ramble on the morningafter Bernard's arrival, and wandered far away, over hill and dale.The Baden forests are superb, and the composition of the landscapeis most effective. There is always a bosky dell in the foreground,and a purple crag embellished with a ruined tower... Long Stories - Post by : Gary_McCaffrey - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2193

Confidence - Chapter IV Confidence - Chapter IV

Confidence - Chapter IV
Which of them is it?" asked Longueville of his friend, after theyhad bidden good-night to the three ladies and to Captain Lovelock,who went off to begin, as he said, the evening. They stood,when they had turned away from the door of Mrs. Vivian's lodgings,in the little, rough-paved German street."Which of them is what?" Gordon asked, staring at his companion."Oh, come," said Longueville, "you are not going to begin to play at modestyat this hour! Did n't you write to me that you had been making violent love?""Violent? No.""The more shame to you! Has your love-making been... Long Stories - Post by : coolhiptrendy - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2060

Confidence - Chapter III Confidence - Chapter III

Confidence - Chapter III
He had not specified, in writing to Gordon Wright,the day on which he should arrive at Baden-Baden; it mustbe confessed that he was not addicted to specifying days.He came to his journey's end in the evening, and, on presentinghimself at the hotel from which his friend had dated his letter,he learned that Gordon Wright had betaken himself after dinner,according to the custom of Baden-Baden, to the grounds ofthe Conversation-house. It was eight o'clock, and Longueville,after removing the stains of travel, sat down to dine.His first impulse had been to send for Gordon to comeand keep him company at his repast; but... Long Stories - Post by : business - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 3425

Confidence - Chapter II Confidence - Chapter II

Confidence - Chapter II
Two months later Bernard Longueville was at Venice,still under the impression that he was leaving Italy.He was not a man who made plans and held to them.He made them, indeed--few men made more--but he made them as abasis for variation. He had gone to Venice to spend a fortnight,and his fortnight had taken the form of eight enchanting weeks.He had still a sort of conviction that he was carrying outhis plans; for it must be confessed that where his pleasurewas concerned he had considerable skill in accommodating histheory to his practice. His enjoyment of Venice was extreme,but he was... Long Stories - Post by : E-Bookbiz4u - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1059

Confidence - Chapter I Confidence - Chapter I

Confidence - Chapter I
It was in the early days of April; Bernard Longueville had beenspending the winter in Rome. He had travelled northward withthe consciousness of several social duties that appealed to himfrom the further side of the Alps, but he was under the charmof the Italian spring, and he made a pretext for lingering.He had spent five days at Siena he had intended to spendbut two, and still it was impossible to continue his journey.He was a young man of a contemplative and speculative turn, and thiswas his first visit to Italy, so that if he dallied by the wayhe should... Long Stories - Post by : Safari - Date : January 2011 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2657