The American Chapter 8 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 8 Summary and Analysis

As Newman and Valentin lounge in front of the fire at Newman's apartments, Newman asks the Frenchman to tell him about his sister, Claire. Valentin proceeds to describe her as perfect. She is beautiful, intelligent, well-mannered, not given to extremes in any trait. She is personable, longing to please people, but is not upset when she does not.

Valentin gives her history. She was married to a wealthy gentleman of the nobility by her parents' arrangement, most specifically her mother's and her elder brother's. Monsieur de Cintre was sixty years old at the time of the marriage. Claire did not meet him until one month before the wedding. When she first saw him, she turned white. She...

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