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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 2, Chapter 40 Summary

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Book 2, Chapter 40 Summary

One evening, Roberta sees Clyde talking to Arabella Stark and is aware of the vast differences between that life and hers, recognizing that she can't offer him what the girls of the upper class can. Clyde has a similar epiphany when, on a trip with Sondra and others, they stop outside of Biltz for directions. Clyde goes up to the Alden farm to get directions and encounters Roberta's father. The stark poverty of Roberta's life emphasizes to Clyde what he'll have to go back to and what he'll lose with regard to potential wealth if he marries her. He considers leaving Lycurgus like he left Kansas City, but he can't bear the thought of leaving Sondra, and wonders if his life will always be a series of fleeing something and starting over. He is determined to find a solution to his problem.

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