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Unformatted text preview: About a week after his visit to Madame de Cintré, Valentin came to visit Newman. At first, Newman had the impression that Valentin came to laugh at him, but he is very tolerant anyway. Valentin, however, explains that his sister requested him to come, and a request from his sister is a command for him. Newman notices how much he admires his sister and notices also that he resembles Madame de Cintré. Valentin asks Newman's permission to ask a few questions. He wonders why Newman came to Paris. Newman tells him for pleasure, but that he is not having much fun; Valentin offers to aid him, but explains that he himself is a failure in the world. Valentin thinks it ironic that he offers his services to a man who has been a great success in life. Newman cannot understand why Valentin doesn't strike out on his own and do something, but Valentin finds this observation delightfully simple, and...
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- Fall '09
- The American, Newman, Valentín