The American Chapter 10 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 10 Summary and Analysis

Newman visits Mrs. Tristam, informing her of his minimal success with Claire de Cintre. She chides him for “deserting” her for Claire, though Newman has been especially devoted to the Tristams, even to the point of turning down an invitation with a Polish princess because he had a standing dinner date with Mrs. Tristam. Mrs. Tristam, even though she had been the one to encourage Newman's courtship of Claire, is now a bit jealous that Claire is taking more of Newman's attention away from her. She is not as disinterested as she thought she would be. Newman insists that his new relationship with Claire is not a triumph, but Mrs. Tristam disagrees. The fact that Claire did not stop him when he first...

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