..You could be specific = "A Room with a View" by Henry James.
Then we shall have her heroically good, heroically bad—too heroic, perhaps, to be good or bad.” A suggestion that she may be very self-sacrificing, and therefore just ordinary despite her skill at music.
The sketch was in his diary, but it had been made afterwards,
when he viewed things artistically. In his diary, he had drawn a little picture [a sketch] of Miss Honeychurch as a kite and Miss Bartlett holding the kite string in his diary, and another in which the string has broken and presumably Miss Honeychurch escapes/flies away. At some time in his past, he must have been in the habit of seeing things in visual terms.
At the time he had given surreptitious tugs to the string himself. He himself has also tried to influence Miss Honeychurch. "surreptitious" = cautious, hidden, with an ulterior motive.
Cecil, who naturally preferred congratulations to apologies, drew down the corner of his mouth. A facial expression, in which one side of the mouth is tightened so that it is lower than the other. It usually indicates distaste for something
Was this the reaction his action would get from the whole world? Everyone he knows
Of course, he despised the world as a whole; every thoughtful man should; it is almost a test of refinement. Cynical comment about society.
“I’m sorry I have given you a shock,” he said dryly. “I fear that Lucy’s choice does not meet with your approval.” Sarcastic comment that Mr Beebe does not like what Lucy has done, with an underlying implication that it is not Mr Beebe's business
What sketch is this? And what does "afterwards" mean? After when does he begin to view things artistically and "make" that sketch? Does he draw the sketch himself? Of the two pictures he present, which is photograph or which does he draw? What does "surreptitous tugs" mean? Everything is on photo/paper, why can the man tug the kite? See comments above
Thanks in advance.