Summary and Analysis Chapter IV

Summary Sometime later, Monsieur Nioche brings Christopher Newman the painting which is now completed and framed. Newman seems quite satisfied with the finished product. M. Nioche begins to complain of the difficulties of having an attractive daughter. Newman suggests that she get married, but M. Nioche explains that he doesn’t […]

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Character List

Christopher Newman A rich, thirty-five year old American who goes to Europe in search of culture and in hopes of finding a suitable wife. Madame de Bellegarde A proud and haughty member of the aristocracy. She is the person most opposed to Christopher Newman’s marriage to Claire de Cintre. Urbain […]

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About The American

The Realism of Henry James Henry James has had a tremendous influence on the development of the novel. Part of this influence has been through the type of realism that he employs. At the same time, the most frequent criticism against James has been that he is not realistic enough. […]

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Book Summary

Upon his arrival in Europe, Christopher Newman begins to visit the various art galleries. In Paris, he meets, in the Louvre, a young girl who is making a copy of a great master. He prefers the copy to the original and offers to buy it. The young girl, Mademoiselle Noemie […]

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