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Unformatted text preview: When Newman next sees Mrs. Tristram, he tells about the telegrams he had received from America and how he had deliberately shown them to the Bellegardes "wanting for once to make the heads of the house of Bellegarde feel him." He tells of a party he plans to give in his "great gilded rooms." Mrs. Tristram finds this idea odious and delicious. When he told Madame de Bellegarde of his plans, she turned pale and immediately told Newman that the Bellegardes must give a party first. As he was leaving, Valentin went with Newman and explained that his mother conceived the idea of the party on the spur of the moment so as to escape his party, but Newman is not bothered by this news. The reader should notice that James' method of handling the proposal scene differs from that of the average novelist. The scene is not filled with romantic sayings and happiness. Instead, there is a average novelist....
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- Fall '08