Chapter 9 Summary

Newland Asher arrives at Madame Olenska’s house after five as she had suggested, but she is not there. Her maid, who does not speak English, greets him. He decides to wait, though he would have been mortified if May had happened to stop by. His being there in Ellen Olenska’s parlor, waiting for her, suggests a certain degree of familiarity that might be embarrassing. He had not told May that he was going to visit Madame Olenska. He does not know why he had not mentioned it. The countess is May’s cousin, and May had suggested that he look in on her, which lessens his guilt about not explaining their meeting.

Newland had spent most of the day with May, visiting her relatives, as is the custom after an engagement is...

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