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Because it seems, Lapham’s perspectives surpass even Bartley Hubbard’s experience of the “limitations of decency”; a lot to his remorse, the reporter believes that readers needs to be spared from realizing “‘just what Colonel Lapham considered panorama advertisements in Colonel Lapham’s personal words’” (p. 21). 18 See the well-known commencing strains of “Hamatreya”: Bulkeley, Hunt, Willard, Hosmer, Meriam, Flint, Possessed the land which rendered to their toil Hay, corn, roots, hemp, flax, apples, wool and wooden. each one of those landlords walked amidst his farm, asserting, ‘’Tis mine, my children’s and my name’s. ’ Like those males, Lapham is still deaf to the humbling and chilling phrases of the Earth-song: ’They known as me theirs, Who so managed me; but each wanted to stick, and is long past, How am I theirs, in the event that they can't carry me, yet I carry them? ’ Edward Waldo Emerson, ed. , the entire Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Autograph Centenary variation (Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin 1904), 9:35–7. 19 The related mental dynamic is obvious later within the novel, while Isabel haughtily, yet nervously, dismisses Caspar Goodwood: “‘If you have been within the comparable position as I, I may still believe as though you have been observing me, and that i don’t like that. i love my liberty an excessive amount of. If there's a factor on this planet that i'm fond of,’ Isabel went on, with a moderate recurrence of the grandeur that had proven itself a second prior to, ‘it is my own independence’” (p. 149). 20 Leon Edel, ed. , Henry James Letters; quantity III, 1883–1895 (Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard collage Press, 1980), p. forty six. 21 Late within the novel, in attempting to clarify the character of Osmond’s evil, Madame Merle accuses him of drying up her soul. “‘Don’t you recognize the soul is an immortal precept? ’” he mocks her. “‘How can it endure alteration? ’” according to her materialist ideals, Madame Merle retorts: “‘I don’t think in any respect that it’s an immortal precept. i think it may possibly completely be destroyed. That’s what has occurred to mine, which used to be a good one to begin with; and it’s you i must thank for it. you're very bad’” (p. 482). 22 “Editor’s Study,” Harper’s per 30 days eighty three (July 1891); repr. in James W. Simpson, ed. , Editor’s examine via William Dean Howells (Troy, N. Y. : Whitston, 1983), p. 324. 23 The Social building of yankee Realism (Chicago: college of Chicago Press, 1988), p. 24. 24 Critical perform (London: Methuen, 1980), pp. seventy three, seventy four. 25 “The New Isabel,” in Robert D. Bamberg, ed. , The Portrait of a woman (New York: Norton, 1975), p. 619. Mazzella’s research of the revisions demonstrates convincingly that “there are snap shots, no longer one, and that every is a distinct literary adventure. ” The transformation of Isabel and a number of other characters within the 1908 model is so palpable that “we are responding in a brand new option to new characters in a brand new paintings” (pp. 597–8). 26 “Revision and Thematic swap within the Portrait of a Lady,” smooth Fiction experiences 22 (1976); repr. in Harold Bloom, ed. , Henry James’s The Portrait of a woman (New York: Chelsea condo, 1987), pp.