American Pastoral - Study Guide Chapter 3, Pages 60 - 89 Summary & Analysis

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Jerry Levov has changed, with a few exceptions. He still has odd legs and a "silly" gait; Nathan remembers his furiously focused face above the ping-pong table. Both men assumed the other would find the sentimentality of this event "repellent", and Jerry's bitter view of what constitutes the past is telling. He is confident, "coldly accustomed to being listened to". Nathan tells him he came because this kind of nostalgia is one least likely to present any surprises. The two agree that they had a hard time ever being wrong. Nathan tells Jerry he lives alone as a writer and it has saved him from buying into the pictures people have of themselves.

The Swede has just died two days ago of cancer. Jerry says that Swede (real name is Seymour) was a sweetheart who fought in a war he didn't start, and...

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