Strether and Chad spend a good deal of time with one another

Strether and Chad spend a good deal of time with one...

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Unformatted text preview: Strether and Chad spend a good deal of time with one another, and Strether tells Chad about his friendship with Maria. In writing to Mrs. Newsome, Strether conveys his conviction that it is not a woman who keeps Chad from returning to Woollett, but he senses that he will not be fully believed. Strether tells Maria that he thinks Chad will return home, but she disagrees: "No he won't. . . . He's not free." Maria is convinced that Chad is deeply involved with a woman and cautions Strether not to pass judgment on the matter until he has met her. She also suggests that Chad is trying to disengage himself from this woman, to "shake her off." Strether is reluctant to believe this of Chad, but Maria tells him, "He's not so good as you think!" Strether talks with Little Bilham in hopes of finding out more about Chad's relationship. "Why isn't he Strether talks with Little Bilham in hopes of finding out more about Chad's relationship....
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