Henry James's story “Glasses” was published in the

Atlantic Monthly

in February 1896 and was included, in the same year, in James's book


, together with the better-known “The Figure in the Carpet”, “The Next Time”, and “The Way it Came”. Narrated by an American portrait painter who is both an observer and a participant in the story, “Glasses” is set in the English resort town of Folkestone and revolves around a young woman, Flora Saunt, who first captivates the narrator's professional interest for the extraordinary beauty of her face. As the narrator soon discovers, not only is Flora keenly aware of being blessed with uncommonly attractive features, but she regards them as her only valuable property, the one card she can play to obtain financial security,…

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Citation: Buonomo, Leonardo. "Glasses". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 April 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21673, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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