The Birthplace

The Birthplace

by Henry James


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It seemed to them at first, the offer, too good to be true, and their friend's letter, addressed to them to feel, as he said, the ground, to sound them as to inclinations and possibilities, had almost the effect of a brave joke at their expense. Their friend, Mr. Grant-Jackson, a highly preponderant pushing person, great in discussion and arrangement, abrupt in overture, unexpected, if not perverse, in attitude, and almost equally acclaimed and objected to in the wide midland region to which he had taught, as the phrase was, the size of his foot-their friend had launched his bolt quite out of the blue and had thereby so shaken them as to make them fear almost more than hope. The place had fallen vacant by the death of one of the two ladies, mother and daughter, who had discharged its duties for fifteen years; the daughter was staying on alone, to accommodate, but had found, though extremely mature, an opportunity of marriage that involved retirement, and the question of the new incumbents was not a little pressing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781674670201
Publisher: Independently published
Publication date: 12/31/2019
Pages: 50
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)

About the Author

Henry James (1843–1916) was a novelist, playwright, and literary critic. His works include The Beast in the Jungle, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Turn of the Screw. Mark Rylance is a Tony- and BAFTA-award winning actor. He was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London.

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1843

Date of Death:

February 28, 1916

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

London, England


Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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