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Unformatted text preview: The confidante is also a person who is usually somewhat removed from the central action. For example, Mrs. Tristram in The American is not directly involved in the central action of the novel, except that she does instigate the action by introducing the main character to the woman he later seeks to marry. But in some novels, the confidante can play a more important function in the main action. Essentially, the confidante observes the action from a distance and comments on this action. She is a person of exceptional sensitivity and perception, who allows the main character to respond more deeply and subtly to certain situations. Foreshadowing James is a very careful artist who uses rather often and freely the technique of foreshadowing a later action. This means that he has given hints in the early parts of the novel about some important thing action....
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