Chapter 15 Summary and Analysis
Newman is concerned on learning from Valentin that Noémie Nioche has left her father’s home and is involved with a man. He has not seen M. Nioche for a month, and he begins to be worried that the elderly Frenchman might have resorted to suicide.
In the meantime, Newman learns from Valentin that the man with whom Noémie has become involved with is fifty years old, bald, and deaf, but very generous with Noémie concerning money. Valentin seems interested in this situation, even mildly amused. Newman, however, is disgusted. He decides to go to visit M. Nioche to determine if his friend is handling this new situation with his daughter well. He goes to M. Nioche’s home but learns from the...
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