“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.
He offered it to Howells because, he said, Howells had no morals anyway.
"There is no happy life for woman—the advantage that the world offers her is her choice in self-sacrifice," wrote Mr. Howells.
Howells wrote that he had read it twice, and that he could not put it out of his mind.
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.
That Howells remained true to Blaine was a grief to Clemens.
In 1881 he succeeded Howells in the editorship of the "Atlantic."
But Howells himself did not accept his earlier judgment as final.
The old sceptical lawyer, Marcia's father, is one of the most convincing characters that Mr. Howells has ever drawn.