The Beast in the Jungle

“So, while they grew older together, she did watch with him, and so she let this association give shape and colour to her own existence.

Henry James, “The Beast in the Jungle,” in Major Stories and Essays (New York: Library of America, 1999). 460

As in the details in the beginning of the story, this sentence give the same feel about her life that the reader felt about the house that was described, as he now completes her life.

Sample Commonplace

He stayed away, after this, for a year; he visited the depths of Asia, spending himself on scenes of romantic interest, of superlative sanctity; but what was present to him everywhere was that for a man who had known what he had known the world was vulgar and vain.

Henry James, “The Beast in the Jungle,” in Major Stories & Essays (New York: Library of America, 1999), 484.

“Vulgar” as the problem. Why “romantic”?