Can We Still Be Friends? (Washington Square)

Emma Justine Farnsworth, “Sea Bright, Dade & Jean” (between 1886 and 1912)

“Do you hate me?”

“Oh no,” said Catherine.

Something in her tone discouraged him, but in a moment he recovered himself. “Have you still some kindness for me, then?”

“I don’t know why you have come here to ask me such things!” Catherine exclaimed.

“Because for many years it has been the desire of my life that we should be friends again.”

–Henry James, Washington Square