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Unformatted text preview: The next day, Newman visits Madame de Cintr, and discovers that she has been crying. Valentin had been to see her and she has a foreboding that something dreadful is about to happen even though Valentin did not tell her about the duel. Newman does not feel that he has a right to tell her either. Valentin dines with Newman the night before the duel. Again Newman tries to dissuade Valentin explaining that he is "too good to go and get'' his ''throat cut for a prostitute.'' But Valentin tries to explain the necessity of dueling and the necessity of his particular concept of honor. When they part, Newman asks only that Valentin return without damage. This chapter probably presents most directly the difference between the American and European's view of life, honor, forms, and ceremonies. Finally it is made clear that the European is more interested in how he will appear to the world than he is in any intrinsic values. The European sense interested in how he will appear to the world than he is in any intrinsic values....
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- Fall '08