Mocked by lesser intelligence could prove to one that taking up a position unable to be fulfilled may, in most terms, be jokes upon. The Pupil by Henry James, Morgan Moreen, mimics, the tutor, Pemberton (someone who supposedly obtains great knowledge), who was appointed by the boys smug mother, Mrs. Moreen. Through James characters’ point of views and tone, the relationship between then are quite different in personality, but yet connect similarly introspectively.
When Pemberton enters upon the house of the Moreen’s he “hesitant[ly]” “procrastinated” to question his salary, for that’s all he was mostly concerned about and the women he was to give his work to only “spoke of feelings. ” Pemberton viewed this women was an arrogant American who treated her son with no affection. Upon the sons arrival Pemberton became timid, do he believed the boy was “cleverer. ” He was worried he would fail at his position because he was no man of real knowledge and was afraid the boys superiority would surpass him and lose his “regular” pay.
Mrs. Moreen’s “jeweled hand” describes a woman who lavishly seems to enjoy showing off her money babe believed her so by demanding him to “fetch” her fan like a dog. She views Pemberton as a man to help her son overcome his “weakness of the heart. ” Pemberton believing it to be a condition of the heart, is only fooled by Mrs. Moreen’s reasoning. Her boy lacked passion of the heart, for she was a women who “only spoke of feeling” and wished her son to do the same.
She hoped the tutor who help her son learn how to address his mother properly. An eleven year old boy enters the room “sickly, without being delicate. ” Morgan Moreen knew he was better than his tutor, and Pemberton felt this when analyzing the boy. Becoming “timid,” Morgan only added to Pemberton’s “nervousness” by mocking his foreign accent, ” oh, la-la. ” The characters’ interject a personality of either arrogant, shy, or extreme, but collectively they all fit their trite attitude that one would deem fit