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One important contribution of Henry James to the art of fiction is his use of point of view.
Previous to the James’ novels, much of the fiction of the day was being written from the author’s viewpoint. ( The author would create scenes in which certain characters would be involved, but all of the scenes would not necessarily have the same characters in them.)
James was interested in establishing a central person about whom the story revolved, or else a central person who could observe and report the action. Usually, the reader would have to see all the action of the story through this character’s eyes. And this is called “CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE”