- This is the article about the novel. For the films adapted from James' novel, see The Wings of the Dove .
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is a 1902 novel by Henry James
. This novel tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress
stricken with a serious disease
, and her impact on the people around her. Some of these people befriend Milly with honorable motives
, while others are more self-interested
Kate Croy and Merton Densher are two betrothed Londoners
who desperately want to marry but have very little money. Kate is constantly put upon by family
troubles, and is now living with her domineering aunt, Maud Lowder. Into their world comes Milly Theale, an enormously rich young American woman who had previously met and fallen in love with Densher, though she didn't reveal her feelings. Her travelling companion and confidante, Mrs. Stringham, is an old friend of Maud's. Kate and Aunt Maud welcome Milly to London, and the American heiress enjoys great social success.
With Kate as a companion, Milly goes to see an eminent physician, Sir Luke Strett, because she's afraid that she is suffering from an incurable disease. The doctor is noncommittal but Milly fears the worst. Kate suspects that Milly is deathly ill. After the trip to America where he had met Milly, Densher returns to find the heiress in London. Kate... Read More