The American Chapter 18 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 18 Summary and Analysis

When Newman goes to visit Claire, he is met by Mrs. Bread with a letter for him. Mrs. Bread informs Newman that Claire is leaving town. She shows Newman in to Claire, despite her being unprepared for him, as she is packing to depart. Also there are Urbain and Madame de Bellegarde. Claire informs him that “something” has happened and that she cannot marry him. Her mother emphasizes this news by telling Newman that their marriage would be “impossible.” Claire asks Newman to let her go in peace, though she says that there is not peace, only death.

Newman confronts Urbain and Madame de Bellegarde with their promise not to stand in his way. He points out that they swore on their honor that...

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