The American Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis

Newman’s love of music takes him frequently to the opera. He especially enjoys treating friends to a night on the town, not in a condescending way, but simply because he loves entertaining. After one such evening when his guest talked through the entire performance, he resolves to go alone for a while. On one such evening, he notices Urbain and his wife in one of the boxes. He also notices Noémie Nioche in one of the small boxes with a young man with whom Newman is not acquainted. Noémie sees him and smiles at him. As Newman goes to the lobby, he comes across Valentin, sitting on one of the sofas with his head in his hands, clearly depressed about something. Newman confronts him and learns that he is...

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