The Beast in the Jungle

“They looked at each other as with the feeling of an occasion missed; the present one would have been so much better if the other, in the far distance, in the foreign land, hadn’t been so stupidly meagre.”

Henry James, “The Beast in the Jungle,” in Major Stories & Essays(New York: Library of America, 1999), 448.

Narrator uses “far distance” and “foreign land” to describe the feeling of forgetting the past that seems physically far away. Marcher blames the situation for being uneventful and “meagre,” and believes that is the reason he cannot remember meeting May.

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