The American | Study Guide

Henry James

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The American | Characters

Character Description
Christopher Newman Christopher Newman, an American, goes to Paris to improve himself by experiencing the Old World. Read More
Claire de Cintré Claire is Newman's unhappy and conflicted love interest. Read More
Count Valentin The young Valentin de Bellegarde is a pleasant man and a good friend and ally to Newman, though he is his opposite in many ways. Read More
Noémie Nioche Noémie Nioche meets Newman in the Louvre and sells him a poor copy of a famous painting at a high price. Read More
Madame de Bellegarde The Marquise de Bellegarde, Claire's mother, is a formidable, authoritarian woman who gets what she wants. Read More
Urbain de Bellegarde Urbain de Bellegarde, the Marquis de Bellegarde, is a grim-faced man who intensely dislikes Newman. Read More
Mrs. Bread Mrs. Bread is a Bellegarde servant, Claire's former nurse, and keeper of a family secret. Read More
Mr. Babcock Benjamin Babcock is a Unitarian minister from New England who travels with Newman for a time and thinks he is not serious enough.
Young Marquise de Bellegarde The young marquise, Urbain's wife, is a flighty woman who wants to have fun and chafes a bit at the limitations of marriage.
Claire's father Claire's father, the elder Marquis de Bellegarde, dies before the action of the story and does not appear in the novel; he is also the father of Urbain and Count Valentin.
Madame Dandelard Madame Dandelard is a woman facing ruin, whose situation fascinates Valentin.
Lord Deepmere Lord Deepmere is Claire's cousin and the man Claire's family wants her to marry.
English journalist The English journalist is merely referred to as "the Englishman" in a letter from Newman to Mrs. Tristram; Newman meets him on his travels through Europe.
Monsieur de Grosjoyaux Monsieur de Grosjoyaux is a friend of Valentin's who helps him at the duel.
Stanislas Kapp Stanislas Kapp is a man who insults Valentin and then duels with him over Noémie.
Monsieur Ledoux Monsieur Ledoux is a friend of Valentin's who helps him at the duel and who meets Newman at the train.
Monsieur Nioche Noémie's father, Monsieur Nioche, doesn't appreciate his daughter's enterprising ways but does like the money she gives him.
Madame d'Outreville Madame d'Outreville is the duchess to whom Newman is announced at his engagement ball and to whom Newman goes to reveal the Bellegarde's secret.
Mrs. Tristram Mrs. Tristram becomes Newman's friend and confidante and introduces him to Claire.
Tom Tristram Tom is an acquaintance from the Civil War now living in Paris with his wife and children.
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