The American Chapter 21 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 21 Summary and Analysis

Newman walks around the village, certain that Claire is lost, but unwilling to give up the fight. He struggles with the notion that, although he has humbled himself in approaching the Bellegarde family, he is still not “good enough” to rate as a potential son-in-law, simply because he is a “commercial person.” With a bit of a wounded pride, he is unwilling to simply walk away until the situation has been resolved more satisfactorily. He decides he will go to the chateau and speak once again to Madame de Bellegarde and Urbain. He hopes that, with the hints that Valentin dropped as he lay dying, he might be able to influence them to remove their objections to his and Claire’s marriage. He...

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