Henry James, “The Middle Years” Commonplace Assignment

“What, moreover, was the use of being an approved novelist if one couldn’t establish a relation between such figures; the clever theory, for instance, that the young man was the son of the opulent matron, and that the humble dependant, the daughter of a clergyman or an officer, nourished a secret passion for him?”

It is fascinating to witness a writer formulating observations in his mind and making up scenarios about these people he is captivated with.

Henry James, “The Middle Years”, H. James Complete Stories 1892-1898, The Library of America, 1996, page 336.