“It was not merely the work in which he had constantly grown happier that he saw taken from him,” Howells notes.
Mr. Osgood and Mr. Howells would think Oliver a fool before they had read down the first page.
Howells replied that he knew them only through the criticism of Poe.
"There is no happy life for woman—the advantage that the world offers her is her choice in self-sacrifice," wrote Mr. Howells.
This was a moment of confusion and embarrassment for Howells.
Mr. Howells has rightly said of him that it is not well to pursue the meanings of an author to the very heart of darkness.
He offered it to Howells because, he said, Howells had no morals anyway.
In 1881 he succeeded Howells in the editorship of the "Atlantic."
Howells wrote that he had read it twice, and that he could not put it out of his mind.
The old sceptical lawyer, Marcia's father, is one of the most convincing characters that Mr. Howells has ever drawn.