A study in the perversities people indulge to nourish their egos and control others. Dr. Sloper relishes being correct about his daughter's misery more than making his daughter happy, just as he prefers being right about his own impending death over trying to stay alive. James also had a keen sense for the subtleties of power relationships between people. Highly recommended.
Henry James is one of the greatest American novelists, and spent his last years in England. Among his numerous works are The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl, his two masterpieces.