Confusion in Recognition

“Marcher flattered himself that the illumination was brilliant, yet he was really still more pleased on her showing him, with amusement, that in his haste to make everything right he had got most things rather wrong…He accepted her amendments, he enjoyed her corrections, though the moral of them was, she pointed out, that he really didn’t remember the least thing about her; and he only felt it as a drawback that when all was made conformable to the truth there didn’t appear much of anything left.” (447-448)

Henry James, “The Beast in the Jungle”, in Major Stories & Essays (New York: Library of America, 1999).

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