Feeling that his days of peace are numbered

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Feeling that his days of peace are numbered, Strether takes a train, "selected almost at  random," to spend a day in the countryside. He alights at a small village and heads for  the hillside, intending to relax there for the afternoon, return to the village for supper, and  catch the 9:20 train back to Paris. He feels at peace as he stretches out beneath the  poplars, with his straw hat over his eyes. He discovers that he is tired, "not from his  walk, but from that inward exercise which had known, on the whole, for three months, so  little intermission." He meditates on his two recent visits with Madame de Vionnet and  how he had told her he preferred not to talk of tiresome things. Thus ridding their  conversation of everything that was unpleasant, Strether realized that "he had conjured  away almost all they had hitherto talked about." He remembers the "delightful facility, 
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  • Fall '08
  • staff
  • Strether, chapter. Notice Strether, French short­story writer, nineteenth­century French painter, tiresome things., inward exercise

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