The American Chapter 3 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 3 Summary and Analysis

Tom Tristam takes Newman to meet his wife the next day. More than showing off his wife, Tristam shows off the luxuriousness of his apartment. Newman, however, is much taken with Mrs. Tristam. She is plain, but interesting. In her younger days, she lamented constantly over her lack of beauty, but decided that a pretty face may, in fact, get in the way of being charming. Since she lacks the pretty face, she is bent of gaining the charm.

Mrs. Tristam states repeatedly that she dislikes Paris, but it is the only place where she can find things that suit her sense of fashion. She despises her husband, having married him only to make another man (who refused her) jealous. Newman enjoys her...

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