| Quote #1
At the table opposite them were three men. They were, he guessed, single travelers graded and placed there by the unerring judgment of the restaurant attendants. A big, swarthy Italian was picking his teeth with gusto. Opposite him a spare, neat English-man had the expressionless disapproving face of the well-trained servant. Next to the Englishman was a big American in a loud suit – possibly a commercial traveler. (1.3.14)
The American is situated beside an Englishman and an Italian. How does he compare? Do these descriptions seem fair, or are they stereotypes?
| Quote #2
"There is a large American on the train," said M. Bouc, pursuing his idea – "a common-looking man with terrible clothes. He chews the gum which I believe is not done in good circles. You know whom I mean?" (1.5.134)
What are M. Bouc's ideas about Americans?
As we know, Ratchett fled America after he managed to walk free in the Daisy Armstrong case. What does that say about the American justice system?