The American

The American: Chapter 17,18

Summary of Chapter XVIINewman likes the opera and goes to see “Don Giovanni.” Urbain de Bellegarde and his wife are there in their box, and NoémieNioche is extravagantly dressed sitting with a young man. Valentin is sitting in a gloomy mood in the foyer. Newman tries to save him again by offering him a job; …

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The American: Chapter 15,16

Summary of Chapter XVM. Nioche had threatened to shoot his daughter if he ever found out she had become a fallen woman, and Newman believed him. He is disgusted to find out Valentins cynical appraisal of the Nioches as a con team is correct. Valentin, however, takes this as encouragement to pursue Noémie. Noémie has …

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The American: Chapter 11,12

Summary of Chapter XIM. Nioche insists on continuing the French lessons with Newman. He mentions again that he cannot control his daughters behavior. Newman goes to the Louvre to see if Noémie is doing the copies for him. He runs into Valentin de Bellegarde who is bored. Newman introduces him to Noémie, and they flirt. …

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The American: Chapter 7,8

Summary of Chapter VIIA week later Valentin visits Newman at his apartment. Newman likes him though he is an ironic young man always laughing at something. Valentin says his sister asked him to come. He is checking out Newman as a prospective suitor. He admires Newmans success and money while he calls himself a failure. …

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The American: Chapter 5,6

Summary of Chapter VNewman does not let on how smitten he is with Madame de Cintré. Mrs. Tristram tells him to travel during the summer and try courtship in the fall. Newman travels and does well despite his lack of languages. He picks up things without effort, for he believes life should be easy and …

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The American: Chapter 3,4

Summary of Chapter IIINewman dines with Mr. and Mrs. Tristram in their American neighborhood near the Arc de Triomphe. The Tristrams are not happily married; the wife is more intelligent and looks down on the husband. Lizzy Tristram has an ironic and intellectual nature. She becomes a close friend of Newmans, while she makes it …

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The American: Chapter 1,2

Summary of Chapter IThe story opens in the Louvre Museum in Paris, May, 1868. An American tourist, Christopher Newman, is using a guide book to study a Murillo Madonna while sitting on an ottoman. He is hot and tired, though a strong muscular and vigorous man. He is dazzled by too much art and begins …

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