Strether and Waymarsh have arranged to take an afternoon train to London

Strether and Waymarsh have arranged to take an afternoon train to London

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Unformatted text preview: Strether and Waymarsh have arranged to take an afternoon train to London, but Strether learns that Maria intends to leave earlier. They meet in the coffee-room of the hotel and then remove to the garden, where Maria tells Strether more about herself. She says that she thinks of herself as "an agent of repatriation" for American travelers to Europe: "What I attend to is that they come quickly and return still more so. . . . I send you back spent. So you stay back." When Strether smilingly protests, she confesses that he is, however, a "special case." Maria agrees to delay her journey in order to accompany Strether and Waymarsh to London. The three then begin a stroll through the streets of the town, pausing now and then to window-shop. Strether is in good spirits, but Waymarsh maintains a "stricken silence" and appears to Strether to look "guilty and furtive." Strether reflects that "a woman of fashion [is] floating him [Strether] into look "guilty and furtive....
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