The American Chapter 13 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 13 Summary and Analysis

Newman makes numerous visits to the Bellegarde home. He tries to convince himself that he is not in love, but he cannot stop thinking of Claire. He wishes to save her from her unhappiness, but keeps his promise not to mention marriage to her for six months. He explains about his life in America and asks her about her family history.

Visiting Mrs. Tristam, Newman states that Madame de Bellegarde is “an old sinner.” He would not put her past the ability to commit murder. As for Urbain, he says that although he may never have committed murder, he could imagine him turning the other way while one was being committed. Urbain continues to accept Newman, although he is visibly endeavoring to...

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