The American Chapter 20 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 20 Summary and Analysis

Valentin dies the next morning. Newman leaves the inn and wanders around the city, feeling sore and wounded from his grief. He writes to Claire, telling her of her brother’s death and asks to see her as soon as possible. According to his will, Valentin will be buried next to his father in the churchyard of Fleurieres. Newman decides that, despite his disagreements with the family, his friendship with Valentin validates his intention to attend the funeral. Newman receives a letter from Claire, stating that it would serve no purpose to see him, as she will see “no brighter days.”

Newman goes to Fleurieres, which is a small village at the foot of mound on which stands a crumbling feudal...

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