the nature of collaboration

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Jared Hartzman Essay Number 3 10/05/08 Cecily Swanson Literary Collaboration The Nature of Collaboration (Prompt 1) In most collaborative works you cannot tell when one person’s work stops and another person’s work begins; they seem to be one individual. Paule de Brindes, the young French woman and jilted fiancée in Henry James' "Collaboration," leaves the reader at the end of the story wondering about the effects of collaboration. By playing a composition of Herman Heidenmauer's without having ever met him, Paule de Brindes, the narrator believes, must be anticipating an opera in the midst of being created. The ending is significant because Paule de Brindes’ infatuation with Heidenmauer’s music reveals several things about the nature of collaboration such as the effects it has on others and collaborative artists being seen as one. Many people, after reading this short story, would most likely think nothing of this ending. Why should it be strange that Paule de Brindes enjoys playing a piece of music written by Herman Heidenmauer? The most obvious reason is because this goes against everything her mother was saying throughout the work. Heidenmauer is a German and should not be trusted. Although she had heard Heidenmauer play once before, Paule de Brindes never met Heidenmauer, so what was she doing with one of his compositions? Because of this, the narrator, a dandy, believed that Paule de Brindes was
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in anticipation of the opera being created by Heidenmauer and Vendemer because she
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