The Wings of the Dove - Book Tenth: Chapters XXXIII - XXXVIII Summary & Analysis

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Book Tenth: Chapters XXXIII - XXXVIII Summary

Chapter thirty-three finds Densher back in London and in contact with Kate through a letter to Maud. Kate knows that he has been back for three weeks, through letters from Susan to Maud. Milly is still alive but gravely ill and deteriorating. This decline has affected Densher significantly. During his visit to Lancaster Gate, Densher informs Kate of Lord Mark's treachery and its effect on Milly. He further states that Milly called for him and that he did, in fact, visit her one more time. He could not sacrifice his integrity and maintain the deception. During his final visit, moreover, Milly had requested that Densher leave Venice at once, so as not to be subjected to her decline and ultimate death. Kate surmises that he has actually fallen in love with Milly, and...

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