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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 3, Chapter 21 Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 21 Summary

Mason provides 127 witnesses testifying to Roberta's character and Clyde's involvement with her. Anyone that knew Roberta is called in, including her mother and her father, Mrs. Gilpin, the Wilcoxes, Grace Marr, the Newtons, and Dr. Glenn. Also called in are many people who had seen or connected Clyde to Roberta, including, the druggists, Orrin Short, and witnesses that saw them together or heard them talking. Roberta's character cannot be impugned, and Clyde looks very guilty. Belknap calls attention to the fact that Mason used this many witnesses to extend the trial past the election time. The judge forces both legal teams to refrain from any mention of the current political situation.

Book 3, Chapter 21 Analysis

Politics, the press, and public sentiment all give credence to Mason's argument, and devices like introducing information, which would then be stricken from the records but still remembered by the jury...

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