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James, Henry: Watch and Ward, LIT v1, 5 January 2010.
Henry James [1843–1916]
Watch and Ward 
This text is based on the original version of Watch and Ward as it appeared in The Atlantic Monthly from August to December of 1871. A book version was published (Houghton, Osgood and Company: Boston, 1878), for which James made hundreds of revisions. He later virtually disowned this melodramatic work, which was his first novel.
Wealthy and leisured Roger Lawrence adopts twelve-year-old Nora Lambert after her father blows his brains out in the hotel room next to Lawrence's. Roger had refused financial assistance to the man, and he feels remorse. Nora is not a pretty child but she soon starts to develop, as does Roger's idea of eventually marrying her.
Unfortunately for Roger, once Nora matures into a beautiful young woman, she is attracted to two other men: worthless George Fenton and the somewhat hypocritical minister, Hubert Lawrence (Roger's cousin). After various adventures Nora winds up in the clutches of Fenton in New York…
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