Concerned by Chad's unlikely disappearance, Strether goes to the young man's apartment to see if he has returned. Chad is there, having in fact just returned from a trip to London, and he greets Strether warmly. As they talk, it occurs to Strether that he could stay in Paris with Chad indefinitely. This raises a moment of regret in Strether's mind, but he finally tells Chad he has come to bid him goodbye. He also has one more thing to say: "You'll be a brute, you know — you'll be guilty of the last infamy — if you ever forsake her." Chad protests the idea and says he doesn't know what should make Strether feel he is tired of Madame de Vionnet. "Strether didn't quite know, either, and such impressions, for the imaginative mind, were always too fine, too floating, to produce on the spot their warrant." He reminds Chad of all Madame de Vionnet has
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