The American Chapter 25 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 25 Summary and Analysis

Summary
Newman, intent on carrying his threat to the Bellegardes concerning his revelation to their friends of the guilt of the mother and son in the late marquis’ death, goes to visit Madame d’Outreville, the fat duchess he had previously met at the Bellegardes’ ball. They had struck up a conversation in the past, with the duchess telling the American a story of her mother’s snub of the Emperor Napoleon, so Newman hopes this friendship will continue. The duchess does not comment on his change of status with the end to his engagement to Claire de Cintré. Newman’s hope is justified, as the duchess engages him in social conversation until an Italian prince arrives. The duchess clearly wishes Newman to...

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