The American Chapter 26 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 26 Summary and Analysis

Newman begins the healing process. He is able to think about the happy times he had in the past with Claire, but he is also beginning to accept what he cannot change. He examines himself in a type of psychoanalysis. He sees that he might have originally be more “commercial” than he believed himself, as the Bellegardes claimed. By being commercial to begin with he was able to see that he might be “too commercial.” He contemplates living out the rest of his life just as if he and Claire had married, thinking of what she would have approved or disapproved about his actions. Yet he realizes this would not be healthy.

All in all, he is glad he is who he is, rich and young. With this...

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