The Portrait of a Lady is the story of Isabel Archer, an independent American who inherits a large fortune from her English relatives and becomes trapped in a toxic marriage to the abusive Gilbert Osmond. Archer stays with Osmond out of loyalty to his daughter, but Osmond's control over her life chafes at her and she longs to be free of his meddling. Returning to England, she vacillates about her life. Her final decisions as to whether or not to leave Osmond is left ambiguous.

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