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The Ambassadors

Henry James

Character Analysis Jeanne De Vionnet

We know very little of Jeanne de Vionnet other than the fact that she is the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Madame de Vionnet. Strether assesses her as "an exquisite case of education" but feels she is "delightfully quaint about herself." Jeanne assumes importance in the novel because Strether believes in the beginning that it is she with whom Chad is having an affair. Later on, we are surprised to learn she is to be married and that the marriage has been "arranged" by Chad rather than her father.