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Unformatted text preview: Waymarsh, a lawyer friend of Strether's from America who had come to Europe to forget his personal problems, is entirely "joyless." Unlike Strether, he is not affected by the exciting atmosphere of Europe, and he is eager to return home. He is introduced in the beginning of the novel soon after Strether's arrival in England, and though Strether's friend, he soon allies himself with the Woollett cause. Strether suspects that he is in communication with Mrs. Newsome, and when the Pococks arrive, Waymarsh becomes Sarah's constant companion. Little Bilham is a loyal friend of Chad's, and he assumes significance in the novel because it is he who tells Strether that the relationship between Chad and Madame de Vionnet is virtuous, thus influencing the movement of the story. Strether likes and admires Bilham, and much of the older man's thinking is revealed to the reader through...
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- Fall '08