"Featuring a new introduction, it is a brilliant and sophisticated satire of manners and morals in the best Jamesian tradition. The Wings of the Dove is an indelible take on the tragic love triangle in which two poor yet ardent lovers seduce a dying woman in the hope that she will leave them her fortune."
Not only has The Wings of The Dove been adapted for TV (in 1952, 1959, 1965 and 1979), but it was also made into a stage play in 1963 and a freaking opera in 1961. We're talking an opera that played at the New York City Opera and a play performed in London's West End, not some teensy community theater productions. It was also made into a movie twice, once in and again in . These are just a few of the reasons that Henry James was a complete nutso when he decided that he'd failed by writing The Wings of The Dove.
Millie dies and Merton is devastated by his own treachery. "If I had wings like a dove I would fly away and be at rest," are the words that fill him at her funeral. Director Softley touches deftly upon this moving scene and moves into the denouement. Now Kate has what she wanted, Merton and the fortune, which Millie has left to her. But Millie has left something else as well...the enfolding wings of the dove.