The American Chapter 14 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 14 Summary and Analysis

When Newman next comes to the Bellegarde home he finds Claire alone, as he had hoped. He tells her that in the past six months he has kept his promise not to mention marriage to her, thus allowing her time to learn more about him. She confesses that it is a relief that he has finally brought up the topic once again, although she is not yet ready to commit. He reiterates that with him she will be safe. However, she states that she is weak. She liked him six months before; now she is even more sure of her feelings for him. His feelings have not changed; he is only validated in his love.

Claire tells Newman that although he has promised to give her everything, material riches are not what she...

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