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The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

by Henry James

Women and Femininity Quotes

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Quote #1

"The ladies will save us," said the old man; "that is the best of them will – for I make a difference between them. Make up to a good one and marry her, and your life will become much more interesting." (1.11)

Mr. Touchett puts a lot of stock in the ability of women to improve society – at least, the so-called "good" ones.

Quote #2

Lord Warburton was left standing with Ralph Touchett, to whom in a moment he said: "you wished a while ago to see my idea of an interesting woman. There it is!" (2.20)

Isabel’s originality and fascinating qualities are instantly appreciated by all three men; there’s something about her that really catches the eye.

Quote #3

"You apparently have a great passion for knowledge," her cousin returned.

"I think I have; most girls are horridly ignorant."

"You strike me as different from most girls." (5.16)

Ralph and Isabel both seem to acknowledge the fact that Isabel is a superior creature, and is head and shoulders above most other girls.

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