Expectations dissolved

“It hadn’t taken them many minutes, after all, to put down on the table, like the cards of a pack, those that constituted their respective hands; only what came out was that the pack was unfortunately not perfect- -that the past, invoked, invited, encouraged, could give them, naturally, no more than it had.”

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

Notes: Expectations vs. reality, perspective differences, disappointment

 

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