New sparks


He looked like the love thoughts of women. he could be a bee to a blossom- a pear tree blossom in the spring. He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world with his footsteps. . . He was a glance from God. (Pg.148).

The glance from God was merely Janie falling in love with someone who she knew would give her freedom, respect, and let her live the life that she wanted. 

Stephen’s uncertainty toward his mother

“A dim antagonism gathered force within him and darkened his mind as a cloud against her disloyalty: and when it passed, cloudlike, leaving his mine serene and dutiful towards her again…” (p. 178).

The beginning of chapter 4 consists of Stephen guiding himself through the church and his beliefs.  As he starts to think more about his potential involvement in university, his thoughts rapidly shift to anger towards his mother.  But as soon as the thought starts, it ends right at the end of the sentence and there is nothing more towards that in this passage. 

The details of doubts

“He had been rash, been stupid, had gone out too soon, stayed out too long. He oughtn’t to have exposed himself to strangers, he ought to have taken his servant. He felt as if he had fallen into a hole too deep to descry any little patch of heaven.”
James, Henry. “The Middle Years.” (pg. 345).

James’s description of how Decombe feels about his illness brings insight to how defeated the main character is. The continuous drawl of self scolding for simply going out details how much Decombe has fallen from the peak of his career.