The next time he calls on Claire de Cintré, he finds her about to leave for the country home. She explains that she had written him a letter, but now tells him in person that she cannot marry him. Newman feels that the older Bellegardes have gone back on their promise. He wants to follow Claire de Cintré, but he gets word that Valentin has been fatally wounded in the duel and he must go to him. He finds Valentin still alive and tells him what happened between him and Claire de Cintré. Valentin is ashamed for his family and tells Newman to go see the housekeeper, Mrs. Bread, who possesses some type of knowledge which, if used properly, would force the Bellegardes to keep their word.Newman goes to Claire de Cintré and tries to persuade her to marry him in spite of her family, but she tells him that she is resolved never to marry, and is determined to become a Carmelite nun.
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