Study Guide

The American Characters

By Henry James

Christopher Newman

If you could look up the word "American" on the 19th Century equivalent of Urban Dictionary,...

Claire de Cintré

There's no doubt about it: Claire's had an unhappy life. As a teenager, she was forced to marry...

Valentin de Bellegarde

Valentin de Bellegarde has only known the lap of luxury his entire life. That doesn't mean he's a...

Noémie Nioche

Noémie's a social climber who makes no bones about the fact. She comes across as sweet and...

Mrs. Bread

Yes, her name is Mrs. Bread. We're not sure why, either. Did Henry James throw this name in The...

M. Nioche

M. Nioche isn't exactly the most fortunate of fellows. When Newman first spots him, he notices...

Mrs. Tristram

We have a deep, deep friend crush on Mrs. Tristram. Too bad she's fictional…and too bad...

Mr. Tristram

Tom Tristram isn't exactly the first guy Newman would choose to run into. He's an inoffensive...

Urbain de Bellegarde

Just like any good older brother, Urbain's protective of his sister. And just like any horrible...

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