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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 2, Chapter 42 Summary

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Book 2, Chapter 42 Summary

Sondra sends Clyde a silly, letter, written in baby-talk, telling about life at Twelfth Lake. On the exact same day, he gets a mature, sad, but responsible letter from Roberta telling about her depression and her expectation of marriage to him, even if it's only for a short time. She asks him to help her by sending her news, or meeting her when she gets dressmaking supplies in Fonda. Clyde answers Sondra immediately, but decides not to write to Roberta. The letters only emphasize the vast difference between the lifestyles of the two women. He continues to think about how to deny Roberta's request - even claiming he never had any contact with her. However, that night, he sees a newspaper account of a man and a woman in a boating accident on a lake. Neither was identified, and only the girl's body was found...

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