Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

Pref.4 Hudson

James expands upon the tension of kinesis and stasis in the novel--with the former embodied in Roderick and the latter is Rowland, for he observes: "This whole was to be the sum of what 'happened' to him, or in other words his total adventure; but as what happened to him was above all to feel certain things happening to others, to Roderick, to Christina, to Mary Garland, to Mrs. Hudson, to the Cavaliere, to the Prince, so the beauty of the constructional game was to preserve in everything its especial value for him." Rowland, then, is preserved throughout the moment--he is granted stillness and restoration, while other characters engage in action around him and Roderick is specifically used up as a result. 

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