An American Tragedy - Study Guide Chapter 1-7 Book Three Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 1 opens in the office of the coroner in New York’s Cataraqui County. The coroner’s name is Fred Heit and he receives the call that a husband and wife have apparently been the victims of a drowning at Big Bittern Lake. Officials had so far only been able to locate the body of the woman. The woman’s coat, which had been recovered from the inn, had a letter intended for the wife of Titus Alden in one of the pockets. Heit leaves for the lake with his assistant, Earl Newcomb.

In Chapter 2, the disappearance of a boat and the couple who rented it has led to the formation of a search party by the locals to investigate what may have happened. The body of Roberta is soon discovered. An investigation commences. The mysterious bruises on Roberta’s face, the discrepancy between the...

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