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Unformatted text preview: The Ambassadors consists of twelve books written originally for serial publication in monthly installments. James conceived of each of the twelve books as "a rounded medallion, in a series of a dozen, hung, with its effect of high relief, on a wall." Each book, then, can be viewed as both a complete artistic entity in itself and an integral part of the whole novel. The first six books are concerned with Strether's gradual conversion from the values of Woollett as represented by Mrs. Newsome to the values of Paris as embodied by Madame de Vionnet. The concluding six books develop an ironic reversal in the narrative movement whereby Strether, whose original embassy was to rescue Chad from Paris and secure his return to Woollett, now finds himself unsuccessfully urging Chad to stay. Because of this balanced movement and inversion, the structure of the Chad to stay....
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08
- The Ambassadors