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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 2, Chapter 1 Summary

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Book 2, Chapter 1 Summary

The Samuel Griffiths family of Lycurgus, New York is introduced. They are the old, established wealth of the town being the owners of a very successful shirt and collar manufacturer. Samuel is Asa Griffiths' brother, so the children of the family are all cousins to Esta and Clyde. First, Mrs. Griffiths is introduced, the mother, who is conservative and watchful of her children. She worries about Myra, the eldest daughter of 26, who is unattractive and has so far been unable to make a good marriage match - a fact that has significantly soured her disposition. Next Bella, the youngest child, a beautiful, pleasing, vivacious young woman that everyone likes is introduced. Bella is complaining to her mother that everyone who matters is moving his or her summer homes to Twelfth Lake instead of Greenwood Lake. Mrs. Griffiths does not approve of the flashy, aggressive, "...

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