Publication Date: February 5, 2013
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Washington Square is one of Henry James’s most appealing and popular novels, with the most straightforward plot and style of any of his works.
Set in the genteel New York of James’s early childhood, it is a tale of cruelty laced with comedy. Dr. Austin Sloper is a wealthy and domineering father who is disappointed in the unremarkable daughter he has produced; he dismisses her as both plain and simpleminded. The gentle and dutiful Catherine Sloper has always been in awe of her father, but when she falls in love with Morris Townsend, a penniless charmer whom Dr. Sloper accuses of being a fortune hunter, she dares to defy him and a battle of wills ensues that will leave her forever changed. Readers have long admired the way that the innocent Catherine, misled by her meddling aunt and mistreated by both her father and her lover, grows in strength and wisdom over the course of her ordeal.
Exercise was not one of the things that were high on the list of things that Arthur Phillips liked to do. If anything, he would do anything to avoid going to the gym or even doing some basic stretches and low impact exercises in his own home. It took a near death experience to get him to realize that he must incorporate some form of exercise into his daily schedule. As he searched for a solution that he would not be too discouraged by and end up not using like a gym membership, he found some information on elliptical machines. He bought one and found that he was totally satisfied with what it could do and then decided to spend the time that he would have spent lounging on his couch to do more research and share the overall benefits of these machine with the world at large and also give advice on how to pick the best one.