The American Chapter 16 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 16 Summary and Analysis

Newman meets Claire every day for the next ten days, always alone. Claire says her mother and brother are busy escorted their cousin, Lord Deepmere, around Paris. Newman also meets Urbain’s wife, the young Madame de Bellegarde, around town. He feels she always has the air of wanting to ask him something or to tell him something.

As far as their courtship is concerned, Claire and Newman are extremely happy. The only complaint Claire has against Newman is that he never does anything for which she might scold him. Mrs. Tristam tells him that he is incredibly lucky in his engagement to Claire. “You get brilliancy without paying any tax upon it,” she tells him. Usually there is a deal of...

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