No mistake, a great literary achievement, though many find this one a “hard” read. I have to agree, and used a nice printable summary of the story by Michael McGoodwin online that helped tremendously with pure understanding. That said, once you read a few chapters, you get James’ feel in the writing, even with all his detached reminiscences, added toppings, and sometimes obscure references all attached to one simple sentence. I found myself starting to simplify the wordage myself, while still absorbing the story and his fine literary line. If you read this one, do print out that summary. I found myself writing my own outline and thoughts on the chapters, which perhaps I’ll type out into a page sometime. I have to say, I love Milly, “the world’s richest orphan”, and her dramatic will to live life.