The Ambassadors Characters

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Miss Barrace

Miss Barrace is a liberated woman who finds amusement in flirting with Waymarsh and who peers at the world through "her long-handled glass." Miss Barrace has the power of "not being" and responds to seriousness with a "crescendo" of "Oh, oh, oh!"

Jeanne de Vionnet

Jeanne is "an exquisite case of education," who honors her mother with her beauty and grace. Her mother has raised her to have some American qualities, like "freedom." This perfect representation of French femininity has entrusted herself to the protection of Chad (who eventually finds her a proper husband). Jeanne confuses Strether whenever she gets near to him.

Gloriani

Chad arranges for Strether to meet Madame de Vionnet and her daughter at a party held at Gloriani's house. This character also appears in James' first novel, Roderick Hudson. For Strether, a brush with Gloriani is the nearest thing to a brush with...

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