The Ambassadors | Study Guide

Henry James

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Henry James

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Perspective and Narrator

The story of The Ambassadors is told through a third-person limited omniscient narrator, allowing the reader to hear the story from an outside narrator but to only know what the main character, Lambert Strether, knows at any given moment in time. In this way, readers identify with Strether, the story's protagonist, because they understand the story through his angle of vision.


The story of The Ambassadors is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The Ambassadors of the novel's title refers to various representatives dispatched to Paris by Mrs. Newsome, a wealthy Massachusetts socialite and businesswoman, to reclaim her son Chad, who she believes has lingered far too long in Europe, possibly in the grasp of a scheming, irresponsible woman.


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