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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 1, Chapter 15 Summary

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Book 1, Chapter 15 Summary

Hortense plots ways to get Clyde to buy the coat for her. After rejecting one scheme involving her friends, because she doesn't want them to know how she "provided for herself," she takes a date with Clyde, fabricating stories about having to ditch another young man because she favors Clyde. Walking to dinner, Hortense sees the fur coat, (pretending like it's the first time) and begins to make her play. Clyde is aware of what Hortense is doing, but he's also ready for a physical payback for all his attention to her. The dinner ends with Clyde promising to help Hortense get the coat even if it means borrowing money from Hegglund or Ratterer to do so.

Book 1, Chapter 15 Analysis

The concept that everything is available for a price takes hold as Hortense finds ways to get her coat, and Clyde pays the...

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