The next day, Newman goes to see Madame de Cintré. He must wait a long time before she comes in, but when she arrives, Newman is pleased to have her alone. He asks her if Valentin has spoken to her, and she says that Valentin has spoken quite well of him. Newman explains his position and tells her of his admiration for her and of his desire to make her his wife. She answers him that she has decided not to marry again. Newman requests her to see him more and not to reject him now — to think it over and wait before she refuses him. Madame de Cintré admits that she has not asked him to leave the house and never return. Newman emphasizes that Madame de Cintré is the type of person who needs to be perfectly free and, in marrying him, she would be perfectly free. Madame de Cintré
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