Following my summary post of chapter 1-15, here’re the next fifteen chapters of The Portrait of A Lady…
|Portrait of a Young Lady|
Sir James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923)
Caspar Goodwood came to see Isabel at the London’s Hotel, and once again Isabel rejected him because she wanted to be free to see the world. Here Isabel showed her persistence to be left free to her own choice of fate.
Isabel was so satisfied with her power in sending her suitor away; she’s kind of enjoyed it. Henrietta—liberal herself—thought Isabel would harm herself and criticize it as “immoral” if she kept doing that. Then Mr. Touchett’s health got worse and forced the two cousins to come home immediately.
Ralph inquired his dying father to grant half of the son’s part of inheritance to Isabel, so that Isabel could fulfil her dream
Isabel found new admiration towards Madame Merle—Mrs. Touchett’s friend. She was amiable, clever, but too unnatural and too perfect. Madame Merle believed that people were judge from their fortune, their house, their status, or their career; without those, one was nobody. This chapter was closed by the death of old Mr. Touchett.
Ralph soon left England, while Mrs. Touchett departed to Paris with Isabel who was still confused after having inherited seventy thousand pounds. She found in Paris that being rich meant idleness, and that won’t led one to anything, just like Ned Rosier—an American young man who lived idly in Paris.
Isabel and her aunt arrived in Italy. Ralf advised Isabel to take things more easily, on the subject of her sudden fortune, and lived as she liked best. When she had already been familiar to her richness, she reflected that she didn’t have any regret of the past, especially to her suitors.
There’s Mr. Gilbert Osmond, a widower with a 15 years old daughter; he and Madame Merle mysteriously made a deal that he should get to know and marry Isabel Archer because of her new fortune.
Ralph thought Madame Merle was “too perfect” but Isabel adored her still, and Ralph thought it would be safe after all for Isabel to befriend and learn lessons from Madam Merle.
Isabel thought Mr. Osmond as a rare “specimen” that was apart from people she had ever known, and she soon attracted to him.
Madame Merle’s and Osmond’s sister’s conversation had only confirmed that Madame Merle and Osmond had an intention to rob Isabel’s fortune with a marriage. Osmond’s sister knew about this and would try to hinder the wicked plan if she could.
Osmond began to appear quite often at Mrs. Touchett’s to approach Isabel. Mrs. Touchett didn’t approved this, while Ralph disagreed with his mother. Meanwhile Henrietta and his boy friend were about to visit Rome; Ralph and Isabel would join her; and so Mr. Osmond at the last minutes—you know for what reason!
In Rome Isabel incidentally met Lord Warburton, who promised not to press Isabel about his love again. He came to know that he had a competitor: Gilbert Osmond. Ralph advised him to just be quiet and believe that Isabel won’t like him.
Meeting Isabel at the opera, Lord Warburton had been greeted coldly by the girl, and he left in disappointment; while Osmond felt more interested in a girl who could refuse an English Lord.
In Rome Ralph was delightful to see that he had successfully mastered Isabel’s development. Then Isabel must be back to her aunt’s, and on the last night Osmond told her that he fell in love with her. Isabel did not promise him anything because she would take the journey around the world, but Osmond emphasized that he would wait patiently and until then his feeling would remain unchanged. He humbly said that he could not offer anything, only that he loved her. Before they parted, Osmond asked Isabel to stop by his house and told his daughter—Pansy—that “she must love his poor father very much”.
Isabel administered the task of visiting Pansy, and her chat with the little girl only added her interest and respect towards Mr. Osmond.