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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 3, Chapter 12 Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 12 Summary

Mason declines to give Sondra's name to the press because of the Finchley's status; however, he does release some of Roberta's letters to the press. They are printed, creating a public hatred and outcry against Clyde. The Griffiths and the social set say nothing. Samuel, finding it hard to believe that timid, well-mannered Clyde could perpetrate such a crime, sends his legal representative, Smillie, to Bridgeberg to meet with Mason and to ascertain Clyde's involvement. Smillie interviews Clyde, and based on the evidence that Mason has shown him, is convinced of Clyde's guilt. Clyde adds something to his story, saying that he did call to Roberta to hang onto the boat - a contradiction from earlier testimony that the boat drifted away from him. Sondra confesses her relationship with Clyde to her father, who uses all his political power to make sure that Sondra's name...

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