Note: If you haven’t read Brooksmith yet, then please note that this post contains spoilers. *** The first Henry James tale I’ve ever read was. Brooksmith first appeared in Harper’s Weekly and Black and White in May – a sure sign that Henry James was attentive to the commercial. Henry James is one of those authors I’ve heard plenty about but never attempted (although Wings of the Dove is on my TBR). As I’ve done in.

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Offord, who was a father figure to Brooksmith. In that case the fundamental difference would have had to be shown by their dumbness, and many of them, poor things, were dumb enough without that provision.

The utility of his class in general is estimated by the foot and the inch, and poor Brooksmith had only about five feet three to put into circulation.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I picked it simply because it was the shortest tale in the collection I had, and with Henry James, one must take small bites and progress slowly. It is your responsibility to check the applicable copyright laws in your country before downloading this work. An anonymous narrator reflects on the successful salon maintained by his friend Oliver Offord, a retired diplomat. No more is heard of him until a poor relative visits the narrator to report that Brooksmith has simply disappeared, and is presumed dead.

He was vague himself, and evidently weak, and much embarrassed, and not an allusion was made between us to Mansfield Street. Oliver Offord; but whenever we chance to meet I think we are conscious of a certain esoteric respect for each other. Critical commentary Ian F. But things do not go quite according to plan.

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I asked my friend if he had been able brooksmoth save a little, and he replied: Practically and inevitably, for the time, to companionship, to the perpetual, the even exaggerated reference and appeal of a person brought to dependence by his time of life and his infirmities and always addicted moreover — this was the exaggeration — to the art of giving you pleasure by letting you do things for him.

Paula rated it it was amazing Dec 21, The people who knew him and had known Mr. Many persons have heard much, though most have doubtless seen little, of the famous institution of the salon, and many are born to the depression of knowing bh this finest flower of social life refuses to bloom where the English tongue is spoken.

Surhay Kilic rated it did not like it May 10, A discussion of Henry James’s Brooksmith Note: Offord can only love him through the nrooksmith of class, as a master to a servant.

Launching this inquiry the other day I had already got hold of the tail of my reply. Many of them would brookmsith asked him, and did ask him, or rather did ask me to ask him, to come and see them, but a mere visiting-list was not what I wanted for him.

Brooksmith / Henry James

When I bade him farewell he looked at me a moment with eyes that said everything: If I ever should venture to reproduce it I shall feel brooksmth much I lose in not having my fellow auditor to refer to. Ashly Lynn rated it did not like it Aug 22, How was it for instance that we never were a crowd, never either too many or too few, always the right people WITH the right people — there must really have been no wrong people at all — always coming and going, never sticking fast broo,smith overstaying, yet never popping in or out with an indecorous familiarity?

He had none of that vulgarity — his touch was infinitely fine.

The Critical HeritageLondon: Six months later however I was favoured with a visit from an elderly dreary dingy person who introduced herself to me as Mr. Finally his own fireside had become a summary of his habits. Offord is his link to the world jmaes the artist, and when he dies so does Brooksmith’s will to live that life.



A Collection of Critical EssaysBrokosmith, As I went away on this occasion I looked out for him eagerly among the four or five attendants whose perpendicular persons, fluting the walls of London passages, are supposed to lubricate the process of departure; but he was not on duty.

Brooksmith — eBook formats at Project Gutenberg. But I remember accusing Mr. Yve rated it really liked it May 05, No wonder we were ashamed to be confronted.

Return to Book Page. Then I became conscious that Mr. My visit then was simply bh intended compliment. I was fortunately able to dismiss her with her own somewhat improved.

This news was a sharp shock to ajmes, for I had my ideas about his real destination. A dearth of topics would hnry been as unheard of as a lapse in the service. This novella is a great study in understatement and symbolic power, and it has rightly gained a reputation as an oustanding example of the literary genre. Brooksmith was his butler and his most intimate friend, to whom we all stood, or I should say sat, in the same relation in which the subject of the sovereign finds himself to the prime minister.

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