The Wings of the Dove cover

The Wings of the Dove

Henry James (1843-1916)

1. 00 – Preface
2. 01 – Book First, Chapter 1
3. 02 – Book First, Chapter 2
4. 03 – Book Second, Chapter 1
5. 04 – Book Second, Chapter 2
6. 05 – Book Third, Chapter 1
7. 06 – Book Third, Chapter 2
8. 07 – Book Fourth, Chapter 1
9. 08 – Book Fourth, Chapter 2
10. 09 – Book Fourth, Chapter 3
11. 10 – Book Fifth, Chapter 1
12. 11 – Book Fifth, Chapter 2
13. 12 – Book Fifth, Chapter 3
14. 13 – Book Fifth, Chapter 4
15. 14 – Book Fifth, Chapter 5
16. 15 – Book Fifth, Chapter 6
17. 16 – Book Fifth, Chapter 7
18. 17 – Book Sixth, Chapter 1
19. 18 – Book Sixth, Chapter 2
20. 19 – Book Sixth, Chapter 3
21. 20 – Book Sixth, Chapter 4
22. 21 – Book Sixth, Chapter 5
23. 22 – Book Seventh, Chapter 1
24. 23 – Book Seventh, Chapter 2
25. 24 – Book Seventh, Chapter 3
26. 25 – Book Seventh, Chapter 4
27. 26 – Book Eighth, Chapter 1
28. 27 – Book Eighth, Chapter 2
29. 28 – Book Eighth, Chapter 3
30. 29 – Book Ninth, Chapter 1
31. 30 – Book Ninth, Chapter 2
32. 31 – Book Ninth, Chapter 3
33. 32 – Book Ninth, Chapter 4
34. 33 – Book Tenth, Chapter 1
35. 34 – Book Tenth, Chapter 2
36. 35 – Book Tenth, Chapter 3
37. 36 – Book Tenth, Chapter 4
38. 37 – Book Tenth, Chapter 5
39. 38 – Book Tenth, Chapter 6

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Summary

The Wings of the Dove, published in 1902, represents to my memory a very old–if I shouldn’t perhaps rather say a very young–motive; I can scarce remember the time when the situation on which this long-drawn fiction mainly rests was not vividly present to me. The idea, reduced to its essence, is that of a young person conscious of a great capacity for life, but early stricken and doomed, condemned to die under short respite, while also enamoured of the world; aware moreover of the condemnation and passionately desiring to “put in” before extinction as many of the finer vibrations as possible, and so achieve, however briefly and brokenly, the sense of having lived.