The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:|
about it by the half-hour. They talk about the mountains and trees
as if they were people they knew--as if they were gentlemen!
I mean as if the mountains and trees were gentlemen.
Of course scenery 's lovely, but you can't walk about with a tree.
At any rate, that has been all our society--foliage!
Foliage and women; but I suppose women are a sort of foliage.
They are always rustling about and dropping off. That 's why I
could n't make up my mind to go out with them this afternoon.
They 've gone to see the Waterworths--the Waterworths arrived
yesterday and are staying at some hotel. Five daughters--
all unmarried! I don't know what kind of foliage they are;