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Unformatted text preview: Strether, accompanied by Waymarsh, has been in Paris for two days when he calls on his banker to pick up any letters that have arrived for him. The bank reminds him of the post office at Woollett. He finds several letters, forwarded from London, but does not open them until he reaches a park alongside the River Seine. There are four letters, newsy and detailed, from Mrs. Newsome, the tone of which, Strether muses, fills the air with "the hum of vain things." Again, he feels a heightened "sense of escape" and ponders "the strange logic of his finding himself so free." This leads Strether to further reflections on his past: his failures at various endeavors; his little son ("banished and neglected" while Strether grieved over the loss of his wife), who had died at school of diphtheria; his previous trip to Paris -a reckless "pilgrimage" after the Civil War; and the rebirth of youthful...
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- Fall '08