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Christopher Newman, a wealthy American, falls in love with a French aristocrat, Claire de Cintre, while visiting Paris. Her family objects very strongly to their engagement because Newman lacks European culture and social status.

When Newman learns that Claire's mother, the Marquise, had killed her husband, he threatens her with the evidence. Still she refuses to sanction the marriage. Claire renounces the engagement and determines to be a nun. Newman, disgusted with himself as well as the French family, decides not to reveal the crime and resigns himself to his loss. He is a victim of unalterable cultural differences.
This report prepared by Danielle Taylor



Christopher Newman, a wealthy American, falls in love with a French aristocrat, Claire de Cintre, while visiting Paris. Her family objects very strongly to their engagement because Newman lacks European culture and social status.

When Newman learns that Claire's mother, the Marquise, had killed her husband, he threatens her with the evidence. Still she refuses to sanction the marriage. Claire renounces the engagement and determines to be a nun. Newman, disgusted with himself as well as the French family, decides not to reveal the crime and resigns himself to his loss. He is a victim of unalterable cultural differences.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   19th century Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   fighting matchbreaker (parents/authorities) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   Eastern European

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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