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Unformatted text preview: We are also warned that Claire de Cintré's family are "terrible people" who are "mounted upon stilts a mile high, and with pedigrees long in proportion." We hear also that she has been married once and doesn't want to be married again. Thus, James is creating a situation where Newman will have to function in a manner and in a way that he has never before encountered. Thus, part of the suspense of the novel comes from our desire to see how this exceptional American will handle this completely new situation. When Tom Tristram and Mrs. Tristram disagree about the value of Claire de Cintré, we, the readers, are already prepared to accept Mrs. Tristram's judgment of the situation, but we should not dismiss all that Tom Tristram says. When he comments that one must be intellectual to understand Claire de Cintré's beauty, he has accidently hit upon an important truth. Of course, Tom Tristram is not Cintré's beauty, he has accidently hit upon an important truth....
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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.
- Fall '08