We hear about Claire de Cintré long before we get to know her. We hear that she is beautiful but not a beauty. Mrs. Tristram thinks that she is perfect in all ways. James presents her as a representative of the aristocratic world in its best form. She is virtually a work of art. Many images of her are in terms of a cold statue of white marble. She possesses all the art and beauty but apparently needs Newman to give her life. Valentin sees his sister as the perfect combination of many opposing qualities. She is half "grande dame and half an angel." She is also a mixture of pride and humility. Valentin says she "looks like a statue which has failed as stone . . . and come to life as flesh and blood." All through the novel, people refer to her as being proud, but if she possesses this quality, she does not show it to Newman. Instead he views her as rather shy. But she does have pride. She knows the
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