Friday, February 04, 2011
During a portion of the first half of the present century, and more particularly during the latter part of it, there flourished and practised in the city of New York a physician who enjoyed perhaps an exceptional share of the consideration which, in the United States, has always been bestowed upon distinguished members of the medical profession.
Okay, so I know there are going to be a ton of run on sentences right off the bat. And it appears that the setting is in New York between 1800 and 1850 and a 'distinguished' physician is most likely the main character. We also know, which Washington Square is being referred to... since there are many cities that have a square named exactly thus.
Books from this time period, I find, frequently set the scene within the first sentence and it appears this work is no different. It doesn't thrill me, but it definitely prepares me for what is coming and gives me a primary impression that Henry James is a very structured writer.