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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 1, Chapter 4 Summary

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Book 1, Chapter 4 Summary

Clyde, now 16, continues to contemplate how he might best escape his situation. The ultimate decision is that he must get a job. He finds employment as a Soda Fountain Assistant at a local drug store, where he is paid six dollars a week and will supposedly learn the art of making sundaes and ice-cream confections. Clyde accepts, and works every day, starting at 7:30 in the morning. His heavy work schedule enables him to separate himself from his family.

The job at the soda fountain appeals to Clyde, because he gets to see lots of stylish, young people. He marvels at and is envious of the way they dress, which Clyde thinks is the "last word in true distinction, beauty, gallantry, and bliss." He begins to think that just talking to a girl, with the easy manner of the young men he watches, is...

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