Unformatted text preview: The American then acts spontaneously while the European has formalized certain rituals so that they will never have to confront an unknown situation. Thus, there is a sense of sincerity in the American's actions while the European is more characterized by a sense of extreme urbanity. Urbain de Bellegarde's first name is used to suggest his urbanity, and throughout the novel, we never see Urbain perform a spontaneous act — he is the epitome of the perfect and correct form. As Newman reacts spontaneously to the music of Mozart, Urbain de Bellegarde's reaction was formulated years ago. It will not change. Consequently, there is something false in his reaction while Newman's reaction strikes one as honest and sincere. Furthermore, the American is a man of action. He has worked or he doesn't mind working. He is not afraid of labor. The European aristocracy have been bred to view work as vulgar. They are people of afraid of labor....
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- Fall '08
- The American, extreme urbanity. Urbain, Valentin de Bellegarde