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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 1, Chapter 3 Summary

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Book 1, Chapter 3 Summary

While Clyde is thinking about how to escape from his family and make a better life for himself, his sister, Esta, is doing more than thinking about escaping. She actually does it by leaving town with an actor, who does not care about her at all. While Esta isn't a beautiful girl, she had begun experiencing flirtations and allowing advances from boys. When the actor begins to pay attention to her, she is seduced by his meaningless words and promises. She leaves her family with nothing more than a note.

Clyde finds the note, but does not read it before handing it to his mother. His father says nothing more than "tst, tst, tst." His mother is upset but covers her emotions to the other children by saying that the family must forgive her and welcome her back when she returns.

Esta's departure...

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