The Next Time | Study Guide

Henry James

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Henry James

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Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

The literary critic is an unnamed character and also the unnamed narrator in "The Next Time." He tells the story in the first person from his perspective.


"The Next Time" is told in the past tense.

About the Title

"The Next Time" refers to Ralph Limbert's continual efforts to write a commercially successful novel. The literary critic in the story says of Limbert, "But he'll try again, with that determination of his: he'll build his hopes on the next time." Limbert never gives up his hope that if he just keeps writing he will hit upon the novel that will make his fortune.


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