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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 2, Chapter 22 Summary

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Book 2, Chapter 22 Summary

Once Clyde and Roberta cross the boundaries of social propriety, they no longer are held by their moral upbringing and give in to the physical desires. Since Roberta's room is accessible to Clyde without censure from anyone, they are able to spend night after night together. Both feel qualms about what they've been taught all their lives is a sin, but Roberta believes that Clyde will never forsake or abandon her, and she gives herself totally to him without the promise of marriage. Clyde feels as if this relationship is a type of forbidden paradise, but even when he's with Roberta, he pictures the other Griffiths family and longs to be included in their class.

Clyde's affair with Roberta gives him an air of confidence and panache that he did not have prior to this. He also reasons that since Roberta has given herself to...

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