In the Cage

Henry James Libby Purves


In the Cage

In the Cage

  • Title: In the Cage
  • Author: Henry James Libby Purves
  • ISBN: 9781843910251
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback



In this small masterpiece of unrequited love, Henry James, as in his greatest novels, depicts a moral consciousness torn between emotional impulses and the demands of society Working in a post office in Mayfair, a young woman is exposed to the cryptic but alluring correspondence of the social elite, and in particular, to lines written by the dashing Captain Everard As shIn this small masterpiece of unrequited love, Henry James, as in his greatest novels, depicts a moral consciousness torn between emotional impulses and the demands of society Working in a post office in Mayfair, a young woman is exposed to the cryptic but alluring correspondence of the social elite, and in particular, to lines written by the dashing Captain Everard As she memorizes the messages he telegraphs, she becomes increasingly attracted to the life described to her, fixated by scandal and gossip a world apart from her ordinary existence.


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A rueful, gently comic novella -- neglected because scholars couldn't explain its 'misfit' in the James canon. Its focus is the working-class whose lives are a grind for God & Country. In pre-telephone days, c. 1900, a likeable telegraphist, engaged to a grocer, becomes involved in the coded "messages" between a married Lady and her lover.Crisis: a message is lost. The aristo couple need her help. Beware of changing technology, cautions James who sent 100s of telegrams himself. If not carefu [...]

I've read Henry James before a few years ago (The Beast in the Jungle) and I really enjoyed his ideas, characters and intelligent storytelling but I found the writing extremely heavy and flowery to enjoy and after a while I found it difficult to follow the story. This time around though (and perhaps it has to do with me maturing as a reader) I really enjoyed his work. As expected, it was very difficult to read and it requires a lot of attention. It's not the kind of book that you can read lying [...]

If communication to the reader and honesty are the hallmarks of good writing, then the utterly confusing mess known as "In The Cage" fails. It does not communicate to its reader. It communicates with itself. Rather than having sex with the reader's brain, "In The Cage" masturbates perpetually, and expects the reader to feel its own arousal, when it is grotesque to behold. The plot to "In The Cage"--that is to say, the penis that it strokes--is barely perceptible, buried deep in the mess of knott [...]

Only James could take an unnamed girl working in a telegraph office and turn her in to one of the most complex characters I've even studied.

Sometimes I get the sense that Henry James hates women and woefully misreads them. Other times I get the sense that Henry James understood women on a more desperate level, at least for the times. This little novella straddles the two.

how does he know so well what it's like to have a shitty job?

A menudo, los libros de Henry James son como una partida de póker. Es decir, una reunión de personajes sentados alrededor de una mesa, observándose mutuamente mientras guardan silencio y preparan su jugada. Por un momento no ocurre nada; sin embargo, en la mente de esos jugadores ocurre todo. En sus pensamientos encontramos un mundo de posibilidades que se reservan como un as bajo la manga para aparecer en el momento justo, por si acaso la partida nos ofrece la oportunidad de ganar. En sus no [...]

What a conjuring trick! Henry James, the third-generation scion of American plutocracy, cushioned comfortably all his life by a family trust-fund, socialising with the aristocratic elite of two continents, has a look at the life of a working-class telegraphist. The surprise is he shows exactly what such mechanically repetitive and financially marginal jobs are like.Putting my Marxian hat on, the story dramatises the glamour of hegemonic ideology. Our heroine is ‘in the cage’ indeed. In supre [...]

A tale of an unnamed protagonist employed at a London telegrah officeSummary from , enpedia/wiki/In_the_C "An unnamed telegraphist works in the branch post office at Cocker's, a grocer in a fashionable London neighborhood. Her fiancée, a decent if unpolished man named Mudge, wants her to move to a less expensive neighborhood to save money. She refuses because she likes the glimpses of society life she gets from the telegrams at her current location.Through those telegrams, she gets "involved" w [...]

I’m a bit disappointed. The plot is easy but in spite of this the book results rather dull. It was neither engaging nor profound.

account soon.

The internal, the daydream, the fervent, obsessive wish for something more while at the same time knowing that is not possible, but unable to let it go. So beautiful and painful I could not bear it.

On this re-reading, I find it weirder and less intriguing.

Excited to dig into this novel through my research, but as a whole, I did not enjoy it too much.

Dear God this was bad. I had to finish it for class.

3.5 ⭐️ A smart, entertaining, and surprisingly relevant read.

A lot better the third time around (I had to read it for a paper) but still, I didn't see the point?

Wrote a paper on this regarding communication, technology and gender. Quite an interesting book but not something I would choose to read by myself. It was an assignment

Oh Mr James, you're SO much worse than Proust at nonsense verboseness. Proust actually makes sense and is very beautiful and lyrical, Henry James (at least in this stage of his development) is utterly unintelligible and just really heavy handed. Disappointingly different from both early, thoroughly Victorian stuff like Portrait of a Lady (which is a delight to read because you just sink in James' lush, but intelligible language), but not quite the late age masterpieces (The Golden Bowl and all t [...]

I I don't know. Everything was so convoluted, so dim. I don't mind putting some work in reading, but I do mind the amount to which this novel(la) was so infuriatingly unclear, especially while the premise was so interesting.

Don’t read this novella without a bookmark—or at least a good memory for page numbers. The text consists of walls of words, paragraphs of the main character’s internal monologue, without many proper nouns or distinctive lines of dialogue to make the layout of a given page in any way memorable. Here’s an example of my own streams of consciousness while reading the novella: Let me see, I think the unnamed protagonist was thinking about Captain Everard when I last put the book down—which [...]

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This is a neat little novel about a young woman who works in a store receiving written messages and sending them to a telegram office. She's in a chain-link kind of stand--that's what the "Cage" in the title refers to. The young woman entangles herself in a affair between a guy and his girlfriend when she receives their telegrams back and forth. It becomes a class issue because the man becomes more and more attracted to the telegram girl, but she's lower-class and his girlfriend is upper-class. [...]

La vida de una telegrafista puede ser monótona y aburrida, todo el día encerrada en esa jaula, contando palabras y haciendo cálculos, viviendo a través de la vida de sus clientes, una vida que es adivinada a través de las breves palabras que ella invariablemente lee y usa para armar las más truculentas historias.Una novela que retrata la vida de una chismosa, más que nada, y de cómo la vida resulta afectada por la tecnología con la que se rodea. La telegrafista vive como en un rompecabe [...]

Muy recomendable si te gusta Henry James: personajes muy bien definidos, diálogos justos pero brillantes y escenarios reducidos. A lo que le podemos sumar el toque de ambigüedad "jamesiana" que te hace dudar de lo que estás leyendo, que te permite hacer varias interpretaciones.Creo que con Henry James no hay medias tintas: o te gusta o no. Yo me declaro fan absoluta de sus novelas cortas y huyo un poco de novelas de su última etapa, bajo mi punto de de vista su escritura se vuelve demasiado [...]

Plot synopses promise a rewarding reading experience but, for me, In the Cage fails to deliver. The only time the text truly comes alive is when the girl's love interest is present. Otherwise, the text shrivels into itself in a blur of working behind the bars of the post office cage and interacting with the busy upper class. Or is that the point? The unnamed narrator's fascination for Captain Everard ensures that he lights her up, and so his presence quite literally lights up James' novella.

An unknown gem about a telegraph operator living vicariously through her customers. Reading Henry James is not easy and one should expect to re-read some pages twice, though the scenes of action and dialogue truly sparkle. Imagine if all your text messages were read by a third party -- what would she know, and how would she use that knowledge? An interesting little tale!

The worst Henry James novella I've ever read. I would have given it zero stars had it not been for the diction and syntax. The novella is littered with allusions, metaphors, and similes; which have moved me to award it that additional star. However, to be perfectly honest, this novella, in it's entirety, really isn't particularly engaging.

This is my second reading of In The Cage. Close inspection of word choice and recurrence brings to light the ambiguity of Mrs Jordan and the stalkerish obsession of the telegraphist. Perhaps better the second time round.

First published in 1898, this story is mostly filled with the internal musings of a young working-class woman in her tiresome job, especially as she interacts with an interesting male customer to her telegraph booth. I listened to this as a free download from LibriVox.


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