Strether sees a boat coming around the bend in the river, and he is surprised to discover that the two occupants are Madame de Vionnet and Chad. He is horrified to realize that "they would show nothing if they could feel sure he hadn't made them out." Deciding that there is only one course of action open to him, Strether calls out with "surprise and joy," and they respond by turning the boat to shore. They have dinner together and return to Paris on the same train. The couple's discomfiture forces Strether to the truth that Madame de Vionnet is Chad's mistress: "Her shawl and Chad's overcoat and her other garments, and his, those they had each worn the day before, were at the place, best known to themselves — a quiet retreat enough, no doubt — at which they had been spending the twenty-four hours." Strether is disillusioned as much with Chad as he is to
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