Book 8 Summary and Analysis
Strether avoids Waymarsh, although neither has mentioned the telegram. Strether is also fearful that, by being in close proximity to Waymarsh’s New England narrow-mindedness, he will reawaken his own. No longer tied to Waymarsh’s company, Strether feels even more liberated than before. He travels around France and is free to be a mere tourist.
As he awaits the arrival of the new ambassadors, Strether is overcome by a fear of Sarah Pocock. He goes to visit Madame de Vionnet, but finds that she has gone to the country for a few days (Chad is also absent from Paris during this time). Strether feels less confident, and he also feels a sense of being bereft by the French woman’s...
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