The American Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

M. Nioche finally comes to deliver the painting that Newman purchases from Nioche’s daughter, Noémie. He has had it framed, so the price is now three thousand francs, which Newman willingly pays. Newman discusses Noémie with her father, learning that he is very concerned about her. She is very pretty, but is poor, which is an insurmountable handicap in Paris for a young lady if she wants to marry well. Her father does not have a sufficient dowry to interest the eligible men in the community. Newman replies that her talent itself should be more than enough dowry for any man. He agrees to pay her for six paintings, which will give her sufficient money to provide a dowry to the young man her father...

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