This chapter is devoted to introducing Mrs

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This chapter is devoted to introducing Mrs. Tristram who will play such an important role in the novel.  She will become Newman's  confidante , and she will be the person who will introduce Newman to  Claire de Cintré. Essentially, Mrs. Tristram's function is to bring out certain characteristics of Newman and to  illuminate the main character in some ways. She talks to him and by her probing questions we learn  more about Newman as a character. She is also a complete contrast to her husband. It does not take  Newman or the reader long to decide that Mrs. Tristram is far superior to her husband. For all of her  faults, James still writes about her that she had "a spark of the sacred fire." This means that she  belongs to the better type of people in the world. In this chapter, James continues to use foreshadowing and irony. She says to Newman that she 
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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