The Altered Characterization of Miss Birdseye in Henry James's The Bostonians .

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      Discusses Henry James' treatment of a reformer called Miss Birdseye in his 19th-century novel 'The Bostonians.' Ambiguity in the character's portrayal; Suggestion of a sinister side to the character's personality; Inconsistency in Miss Birdseye's characterization; James' purpose in transforming Miss Birdseye's character from pernicious to heroic.