By Henry James
Rising from the grit and stigma of poverty to a lifetime of fairytale privilege below the wing of her aunt, the gorgeous and financially bold Kate Croy is already romantically concerned with promising journalist Merton Densher once they turn into accustomed to Milly Theale, a brand new York socialite of tremendous wealth. studying of Milly's mortal sickness and passionate appeal to Densher, Kate units the scene for a romantic betrayal meant to safe her lasting monetary defense. because the death Milly retreats in the carnival splendour of a Venetian palazzo, changing into the frail hub of a predatory circle of fortune-seekers, James unfolds a resonant, brooding story of doomed ardour, betrayal, human resilience and remorse.
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