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The Master - Chapter 2: February 1895 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 2: February 1895 Summary

Henry begins to consider the nature of success and failure, and decides that it is more important to serve his art than the public taste. Nevertheless, after the disaster of Guy Domville, he requires a cheering of spirits, and decides to visit acquaintances in Ireland whom Henry believes will offer relief from having to discuss his work.

Henry agrees to spend one week with Lord Houghton and another with Lord Wolseley, two high-ranking British officials in the territory. Ireland, of course, was in a state of terrible unrest, as the British continually bungled attempts to establish rule over the island, and the Irish themselves began to fight back. Thus, both lords hoped to benefit from the presence of the famous American author in their homes, increasing their prominence and authority by association.

At Lord Houghton's castle, Henry is quickly cornered in...

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