In the American Grain - Study Guide Pire Sebastian Rasles Summary & Analysis

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After twenty years in loud New York, the narrator goes on a six-week visit to Paris. There he socializes with such visionaries as Picasso, Stein, H.D., and Monnier, the latter who urges him to meet with Valyry Larbaud. The rest of the essay is a reproduction of dialogue between the narrator and Larbaud, who discuss the English's attitudes toward the New World, the goals and flaws of the apt historian, the imperative value of reading, and the Puritans in America. This series of exchanges lends itself to their major discussion of Pire Sebastian Rasles, a French Jesuit priest who departed from the Puritan meanness and isolation to live with the Abnaki tribe in Maine. The two men discussing Rasles emphasize how different he was from the English; for, contrary to them, he "recognized" the New World. They distinguish Rasles from...

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