Chapter 12 Summary and Analysis
Three days after his first meeting with the entire Bellegarde family, Newman is summoned once again into their presence. He finds all assembled, with Claire off to the side telling a fairy tale to her young niece. Newman offers his hand to the marquis and the other family members in their turn, and is welcomed. Claire tells him about the fairy tale she was telling her niece, where the heroine is rescued from all her troubles by the prince. She states that she herself does not have enough courage to be a heroine, no matter how great the reward.
Newman is unsure of the reason for his being the only guest at the dinner, whether it means they have accepted him or are too ashamed of him to...
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