Mary's Library

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Roderick Hudson or Watch and Ward?

I was in my library reading earlier today when I heard a thud from the other room. In the bedroom I found Miss Woodhouse sitting next to a volume of Henry James novels (1871-1880), which she had obviously just pulled off the shelf.

How did she do it? I haven’t a clue. Why did she do it? Well, clearly she wanted to read something in the book. But what?

That Library of America volume contains James’ first five novels:

Watch and Ward (1872)

Roderick Hudson (1875)

The American (1877)

The Europeans (1878)

Confidence (1879)

Does anybody have any idea why a cat would want to read any of those books?


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