Introduction; 1. 'Just you wait!': reflections on the last chapters of The Portrait of a Lady; 2. 'In a dream or an old novel': governesses in What Maisie Knew and The Turn of the Screw; 3. 'The sacred terror': The Awkward Age and James's men of the world; 4. 'Blushing in the dark': language and sex in The Ambassadors; 5. 'Poor girls with their rent to pay': class in In the Cage and The Wings of the Dove; 6. 'The house of quiet': privileges and pleasures in The Golden Bowl.