In the drawing room, Newman tells Madame de Cintré that he has been given permission to come often. She wonders if he didn't think it strange there was so much formality over his coming. Newman admits he doesn't understand it. Valentin arrives and congratulates him. He inquires about M. Nioche, and Newman had seen the old man that very day. M. Nioche had been particularly cheerful. This amuses Valentin because he tells Newman that Mademoiselle Noémie "is launched." She has left her father, and her father is still cheerful. Valentin now decides that he will see her. In this chapter Madame de Cintré tells Newman that she has very little courage and is not a heroine. Actually, when it comes later to a point of defying her family, it will be seen that she does not possess enough strength to do this and prefers to enter a nunnery.
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