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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 2, Chapter 21 Summary

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Book 2, Chapter 21 Summary

The next day at the factory, Clyde and Roberta are both distraught over their argument. Clyde, however, handles his frustration by purposely ignoring Roberta and paying attention to the other girls. While he is afraid of losing Roberta or of continuing to see her without any kind of physical compensation, he does not show his feelings. Roberta, however, seeing Clyde's attentiveness to others, is afraid that he'll find someone else. She is sure she'll do whatever she can to keep Clyde, except the ultimate taboo of sexual relations without marriage. Instead, she hopes that she can invite him to her room and that he'll be satisfied with only the kisses and embraces of their previous meetings. She writes a note to him asking to meet at the end of a street at 8:30 in the evening.

Book 2, Chapter 21 Analysis

Clyde begins to utilize the manipulative techniques...

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