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An American Tragedy - Book 1, Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

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Book 1, Chapter 6 Summary

Because of the naivety of Clyde's parents, they do not understand the kind of influences that working in a posh hotel could have on their son. As they believe hotels to be only the low-level kind of establishment that they've seen, they think that Clyde can't make much money. Clyde's mother is happy that Clyde is so enthusiastic about his work. He is always suggesting that he may work up to a better position.

This job is the turning point of Clyde's life. He is suddenly put into a world of wealth and money, the very world he's always aspired to. On his first task as a bellboy, after being tutored by Oscar Hegglund, Clyde makes a thirty-five cent tip. He is thrilled with the potential for making money.

Clyde is excited by the scenes of life that he glimpses behind doors in the hotel...

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