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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 1, Chapter 14 Summary

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Book 1, Chapter 14 Summary

Clyde reflects on Esta's predicament, believing that it is at least in part, her own fault for going off with a man she knows little about. He thinks of Esta in relation to Hortense Briggs and believes that it is not the sex act itself which is bad, but the possible consequences of it. Hortense Briggs has not allowed anything beyond kissing and embracing, but she continues to lead Clyde on, and Clyde continues to be infatuated. He sees that they have similarities, in that they're both from poor families and have never had anything.

Hortense spies a fur jacket. In her vanity, she believes that the jacket will make her even more charming, more irresistible. Isadore Rubenstein, an older man who runs the store, sees Hortense's desire for the coat, and tells her the price is $200, and he'll sell it to her for $150. (The...

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