Book 3 Summary and Analysis
At dinner that evening, Strether tells Waymarsh about his afternoon. When he went to Chad’s apartment, he discovered that Chad was not there. The concierge explained that Chad had gone to Cannes a month ago and is not expected to return for several days. Strether investigated the place to get some insight into his future stepson. A young man is tending the apartment in Chad’s absence. It is the same man who attracted Strether’s attention on the balcony. His name is John Little Bilham (called “little Bilham" throughout the novel), and he has invited Strether and Waymarsh to lunch.
Waymarsh is frustrated by the lack of information that Strether garnered during the visit with...
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