The American Chapter 9 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapter 9 Summary and Analysis

The next day, Newman pays a visit to Claire de Cintre at her home. He is pleased to find her alone, though she keeps him waiting for some time. He is struck again at her cultured air, as if she had been trained from birth to be the highest representation of French womanhood, which indeed she had been. Yet he wonders where the training ends and the real Claire begins.

Newman tells her that when he had visited previously and other ladies were present, he found that they did not take away from Claire's beauty, but only helped him to admire her. He says this not out of a calculated attempt to impress her but simply because he is a “practical man” and knows what he has already decided upon...

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