The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James
The Portrait of a Lady Chapter 21 Summary
- Mrs. Touchett goes to San Remo, Italy to visit Ralph. Isabel decides to go with her, figuring it’s better to travel with a relation, even with her newfound financial independence.
- Isabel is no longer as impressed with Mrs. Touchett as she was when her aunt first visited her in New York.
- Isabel asks Ralph whether he knew about the inheritance that Mr. Touchett left for her.
- Isabel does not seem to know what to do with herself, now that she is wealthy.
- Ralph recommends that Isabel think less and just enjoy her life with the new means she has received.
- Isabel agrees with Ralph’s advice, figuring that there’s no reason why she must always strive to be right.
- Isabel confesses that she’s afraid of the freedom a large amount of money can bring. Ralph says that it is only a problem for the weak, and Isabel is most certainly not weak.
- After talking with Ralph, Isabel feels better and more comfortable with her new wealthy persona.
- In the back of Isabel’s mind, Caspar Goodwood and Lord Warburton still linger. She feels sure that Lord Warburton has forgotten about her.
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