The American Chapter 7 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 7 Summary and Analysis

Valentin visits Newman late one night about a week after the latter had visited at the home of Claire. He laughs on entering Newman's apartments, but he explains that it is not because he finds them amusing but magnificent. Valentin spends several hours in Newman's company, and the two talk into the early morning. Newman observes that the Frenchman is below average in height, with thick, silky hair, and an expression of irony and inquiry. Valentin confesses that he is concerned about his weight because he is too short to carry a heavy stomach effectively. He explains that he has come to apologize at his sister's command for appearing to be foolish during Newman's previous visit. He says that Newman is...

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