In 1881 Henry James’s novel “Washington Square” was published, which is considered to be the top of American psychological realism along with The Portrait of a Lady. Against the backdrop of the clash of American and European cultural traditions in the novel unfolds the tragedy of the complexity of woman’s love.
The action takes place in New York. Catherine is shy, quiet and modest girl – the only child of a rich, respected Dr. Sloper. Mad, strong love invaded her heart after she met Morris Townsend, an attractive but poor young man at her first ball.
However, the harsh and irreconcilable father of Catherine is convinced of the viciousness of this feeling, he believes that Townsend is a calculating conman looking for a rich bride. Is that so?