History Literature / WashingtonSquare

10th Feb '16 12:01:02 PM Miumia
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Creator/HenryJames's ''Washington Square'' tells the story of Catherine Sloper, a cripplingly shy woman who lives with her widowed father, Dr. Austin Sloper, and his flighty sister, Lavinia Penniman. Viewed by everyone as lacking personality, it's a big surprise when handsome,charming Morris Townsend takes an interest in her after meeting her at a party. Within weeks, they are saying they love each other and even consider getting engaged. Dr. Sloper thinks there is something not quite right about this match. After all, [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what kind of man would actually be attracted to such a ''dull'' girl?]]

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Creator/HenryJames's ''Washington Square'' tells the story of Catherine Sloper, a cripplingly shy woman who lives with her widowed father, Dr. Austin Sloper, and his flighty sister, Lavinia Penniman. Viewed by everyone as lacking personality, it's a big surprise when handsome,charming Morris Townsend takes an interest in her after meeting her at a party. Within weeks, they are saying they love each other and even consider getting engaged. Dr. Sloper thinks there is something not quite right about this match. After all, [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim [[WhatDoesHeSeeInHer what kind of man would actually be attracted to such a ''dull'' girl?]]
1st Dec '15 4:58:45 PM bombadilla
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness / HollywoodHomely: The supposedly plain Catherine is played by Creator/OliviaDeHavilland. [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Though it wasn't the first time she was cast as a supposedly plain woman.]]
18th Jan '15 3:15:16 AM XFllo
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* OldMaid: A bit of subtext in the story is the other characters' belief that due to Catherine's shyness and "dullness", she will never find a man and will end up a spinster. When the story [[TimeSkip skips]] [[DistantFinale ahead 20 years]], it concludes with [[spoiler: Catherine at age 40, unmarried, and childless. However, Catherine is no ChristmasCake--she ''chose'' never to marry, and is perfectly content with her life and comfortable in her own skin in a way that she never was as a younger woman when she had to worry about pleasing her father or fulfilling social obligations of courtship and marriage.]]

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* OldMaid: A bit of subtext in the story is the other characters' belief that due to Catherine's shyness and "dullness", she will never find a man and will end up a spinster. When the story [[TimeSkip skips]] [[DistantFinale ahead 20 years]], it concludes with [[spoiler: Catherine at age 40, unmarried, and childless. However, Catherine is no ChristmasCake--she willingly ''chose'' never to marry, and is perfectly content with her life and comfortable in her own skin in a way that she never was as a younger woman when she had to worry about pleasing her father or fulfilling social obligations of courtship and marriage.]]
14th Oct '14 6:31:56 PM Mikebissle
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Originally written in 1880, it was brought to the stage by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and retitled '' The Heiress'' in 1947. Two years later, it was made into a movie with the play's title starring Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, and MontgomeryClift, and won de Havilland an Oscar. It was adapted to film again under the original title in 1997 starring Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Originally written in 1880, it was brought to the stage by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and retitled '' The Heiress'' in 1947. Two years later, it was made into a movie with the play's title starring Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, and MontgomeryClift, and won de Havilland an Oscar. It was adapted to film again under the original title in 1997 starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. \n There was also a brief revival of the play on Broadway from 2012 to 2013 with Creator/JessicaChastain in the leading role.


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* GrewASpine: This aspect of Catherine's development is emphasized even more than in the original story.
6th Aug '14 5:55:22 AM XFllo
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[[Creator/HenryJames Henry James]]'s ''Washington Square'' tells the story of Catherine Sloper, a cripplingly shy woman who lives with her widowed father, Dr. Austin Sloper, and his flighty sister, Lavinia Penniman. Viewed by everyone as lacking personality, it's a big surprise when handsome,charming Morris Townsend takes an interest in her after meeting her at a party. Within weeks, they are saying they love each other and even consider getting engaged. Dr. Sloper thinks there is something not quite right about this match. After all, [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what kind of man would actually be attracted to such a ''dull'' girl?]]

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[[Creator/HenryJames Henry James]]'s Creator/HenryJames's ''Washington Square'' tells the story of Catherine Sloper, a cripplingly shy woman who lives with her widowed father, Dr. Austin Sloper, and his flighty sister, Lavinia Penniman. Viewed by everyone as lacking personality, it's a big surprise when handsome,charming Morris Townsend takes an interest in her after meeting her at a party. Within weeks, they are saying they love each other and even consider getting engaged. Dr. Sloper thinks there is something not quite right about this match. After all, [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what kind of man would actually be attracted to such a ''dull'' girl?]]






* SugarAndIcePersonality: The personality Catherine develops by the end of the story; she is perfectly friendly and jovial with people she likes--with her father and Lavinia however, she is a pure IceQueen.

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* RomanticRain: Catherine runs out into the rain as Morris is leaving and he rushes to meet her so they are both dripping wet when they kiss a few moments later.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: The personality Catherine develops by the end of the story; she is perfectly friendly and jovial with people she likes--with her father and Lavinia however, she is a pure IceQueen.
5th May '13 1:19:21 PM Mikebissle
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* LonelyRichKid: Catherine.

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* LikeASonToMe: Aunt Penniman never tells him this directly, but she does think to herself that if she and her late husband had been able to have children, they would have had a son not unlike Morris. This could be a factor in her ShipperOnDeck tendencies, as it was not uncommon for cousins--especially in a wealthy family-- to marry in the 19th century.
* LonelyRichKid: Catherine.
5th May '13 4:31:18 AM Mikebissle
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5th May '13 4:29:10 AM Mikebissle
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* BreakTheCutie: A double-whammy for Catherine. The first one comes from her father during their stay in Europe; when she tells him she still plans to marry Morris, he gives a speech lathed with sarcasm, comparing her to a mindless animal whose "value is twice as great" after her experiences abroad, ending it with "We have fattened the sheep before he kills it!" Then[[spoiler: Morris--after finding out that Catherine will not be as rich as expected-- turns his inner JerkAss UpToEleven hoping it will turn her off him, and when that fails, he cruelly dumps her.]]
* TheCharmer: Morris.

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* BreakTheCutie: A double-whammy for Catherine. The first one comes from her father during their stay in Europe; when she tells him she still plans to marry Morris, he gives a speech lathed with sarcasm, comparing her to a mindless animal whose "value is twice as great" after her experiences abroad, ending it with "We have fattened the sheep before he kills it!" Then[[spoiler: Then [[spoiler: Morris--after finding out that Catherine will not be as rich as expected-- turns his inner JerkAss UpToEleven hoping it will turn her off him, and when that fails, he cruelly dumps her.her and runs off to California.]]
* TheCharmer: Morris.Even Dr. Sloper admits that Morris is very charming, though he sees it as an act.



* EngagementChallenge: Not so challenging as other examples, but Dr. Sloper takes Catherine away with him to Europe for six months to test their relationship, reasoning that if Morris really loved Catherine and not her money, he would be willing to wait for her. [[spoiler: He was, and he didn't.]]



* EngagementChallenge: Not so challenging as other examples, but Dr. Sloper takes Catherine away with him to Europe for six months to test their relationship, reasoning that if Morris really loved Catherine and not her money, he would be willing to wait for her. [[spoiler: He was willing to wait, but he didn't love her.]]



* GoldDigger: Dr. Sloper assumes that Morris is this. [[spoiler: He's right!]]

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* GoldDigger: Dr. Sloper assumes [[spoiler: correctly]] that Morris is this. [[spoiler: He's right!]]just after Catherine's money. Dr. Sloper himself could be accused of being one, but he was always adamant that he married his late wife for love and that he earned everything he had.



* {{Jerkass}}: Dr. Sloper, [[spoiler: Morris]].

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* {{Jerkass}}: Dr. Sloper, Aunt Penniman, [[spoiler: Morris]].Morris]]--basically everyone but Catherine has their moments.



* PurpleProse/ WallOfText: Being a work of Henry James, practically the modern TropeCodifier, the language can be purplish and hard to grasp at times. Incidentally, contemporaries praised the book for being more straightforward in comparison to his other books.



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Being a work of Henry James, practically the modern TropeCodifier, the language can be purplish and hard to grasp at times. Incidentally, contemporaries praised the book for being more straightforward in comparison to his other works.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Being a work of Henry James, practically SelfMadeMan: Dr. Sloper may have married the modern TropeCodifier, wealthy Catherine Harrington, but he worked his way up to where he is at the language can be purplish and hard to grasp at times. Incidentally, contemporaries praised beginning of the book for being more straightforward in comparison to story, eventually tripling his other works.late wife's estate.



* UnableToSupportAWife: Another of the good doctor's reasons for dissaproving of Morris being with his daughter: he has no job or [[TheSlacker any real motivation to get one]], and the way he wasted the little money he had makes him wonder what he would do with Catherine's fortune.



* UnableToSupportAWife: Another of the good doctor's reasons for dissaproving of Morris being with his daughter: he has no job or [[TheSlacker any real motivation to get one]], and the way he wasted the little money he had makes him wonder what he would do with Catherine's fortune.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: [[spoiler: They don't--Morris comes to see her when they are both approaching middle-age after failing to hit it big. Catherine says that she does not hate him, but has no interest in having any kind of relationship, with him or anyone. ]]

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: [[spoiler: They don't--Morris comes to see her when they are both approaching middle-age after failing to hit it big.big in the west. Catherine says that she does not hate him, but has no interest in having any kind of relationship, with him or anyone. ]]



* CallingTheOldManOut: As part of her development into a more assertive person, Catherine calls her father to task for his awful treatment of her, and then some, even calling him on his bluff to disown her.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: As part of her development into a more assertive person, Catherine calls her father to task for his awful treatment of her, her and then some, even calling him on his bluff to disown her.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dr. Sloper's BreakTheCutie tirade against Catherine is much more direct and dripping with sarcasm and contempt, telling her flat-out that she is plain, boring, and would only be valued by anyone for her money.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Most of the changes were carried over from the play, and were made arguably due to being more dramatically interesting:

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dr. Sloper's BreakTheCutie tirade against Catherine is much more direct and dripping with sarcasm and contempt, telling her flat-out that she is plain, boring, and would only be valued by anyone for her money.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Most of the changes in the story were carried over from the play, and were made arguably due to being more dramatically interesting:


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dr. Sloper's BreakTheCutie tirade against Catherine is much more direct and dripping with sarcasm and contempt, telling her flat-out that she is plain, boring, and would only be valued by anyone for her money.
31st Mar '13 1:12:02 PM Mikebissle
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** The answer to Catherine and Morris's WillTheyOrWontThey is the same, but it is played differently: [[spoiler: When Morris comes to see her, she actually ''does'' act as if she wants to rekindle their romance. She tells him she wants to marry that night, and tells him to leave and get a carriage while she gets her things ready. Morris comes back with the carriage and knocks on Catherin's door... [[MagnificentBastard but no one ever answers.]]]]

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** The answer to Catherine and Morris's WillTheyOrWontThey is the same, but it is played differently: [[spoiler: When Morris comes to see her, she actually ''does'' act as if she wants to rekindle their romance. She tells him she wants to marry that night, and tells him to leave and get a carriage while she gets her things ready. Morris comes back with the carriage and knocks on Catherin's Catherine's door... [[MagnificentBastard but no one ever answers.]]]]
17th Mar '13 8:00:17 PM Thecommander236
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-->-- '''Dr. Austin Sloper''', ''Washington Square''

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-->-- --> '''Dr. Austin Sloper''', ''Washington Square''



* BreakTheCutie : A double-whammy for Catherine. The first one comes from her father during their stay in Europe; when she tells him she still plans to marry Morris, he gives a speech lathed with sarcasm, comparing her to a mindless animal whose "value is twice as great" after her experiences abroad, ending it with "We have fattened the sheep before he kills it!" Then[[spoiler: Morris--after finding out that Catherine will not be as rich as expected-- turns his inner JerkAss UpToEleven hoping it will turn her off him, and when that fails, he cruelly dumps her.]]

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* BreakTheCutie : BreakTheCutie: A double-whammy for Catherine. The first one comes from her father during their stay in Europe; when she tells him she still plans to marry Morris, he gives a speech lathed with sarcasm, comparing her to a mindless animal whose "value is twice as great" after her experiences abroad, ending it with "We have fattened the sheep before he kills it!" Then[[spoiler: Morris--after finding out that Catherine will not be as rich as expected-- turns his inner JerkAss UpToEleven hoping it will turn her off him, and when that fails, he cruelly dumps her.]]



* OedipusComplex:Inverted--Morris actually can't stand Aunt Penniman, but she is both attracted to him and he reminds her of the son she wish she'd had.
* OldMaid: A bit of subtext in the story is the other characters' belief that due to Catherine's shyness and "dullness", she will never find a man and will end up a spinster. When the story [[TimeSkip skips]] [[DistantFinale ahead 20 years]], it concludes with [[spoiler: Catherine at age 40, unmarried, and childless. However, Catherine is no ChristmasCake-- she ''chose'' never to marry, and is perfectly content with her life and comfortable in her own skin in a way that she never was as a younger woman when she had to worry about pleasing her father or fulfilling social obligations of courtship and marriage.]]

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* OedipusComplex:Inverted--Morris OedipusComplex: Inverted--Morris actually can't stand Aunt Penniman, but she is both attracted to him and he reminds her of the son she wish she'd had.
* OldMaid: A bit of subtext in the story is the other characters' belief that due to Catherine's shyness and "dullness", she will never find a man and will end up a spinster. When the story [[TimeSkip skips]] [[DistantFinale ahead 20 years]], it concludes with [[spoiler: Catherine at age 40, unmarried, and childless. However, Catherine is no ChristmasCake-- she ChristmasCake--she ''chose'' never to marry, and is perfectly content with her life and comfortable in her own skin in a way that she never was as a younger woman when she had to worry about pleasing her father or fulfilling social obligations of courtship and marriage.]]



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Being a work of Henry James, practically the modern TropeCodifier, the language can be purple-ly and hard to grasp at times. Incidentally, contemporaries praised the book for being more straightforward in comparison to his other works.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Being a work of Henry James, practically the modern TropeCodifier, the language can be purple-ly purplish and hard to grasp at times. Incidentally, contemporaries praised the book for being more straightforward in comparison to his other works.
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