Wharton Queries: Edith Wharton and Henry James giving directions: source?

Many years ago I attended a talk by Leon Edel in which he mentioned a visit of Henry James to the Mount.  Edel said that during a motoring trip with Edith Wharton they were lost. Fortunately they saw a passerby. Unfortunately  it was James who asked directions.  His question was so prolix that the poor fellow had no idea what James was talking about. Edith Wharton took over, asked directions, received them, and the trip continued.

I  would love to  learn more about this incident. For example,when did it happen? Was this incident ever recorded?

Many thanks for any help you can give me.

R. O. Blechman

2 thoughts on “Wharton Queries: Edith Wharton and Henry James giving directions: source?

  1. Hans

    Doesn’t she recount this incident in her autobiography, A Backward Glance? It sounds awfully familiar.

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