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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 3, Chapter 25 Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 25 Summary

Mason's cross-examination of Clyde is brutal and telling. Clyde answers as he was coached and does a decent job of holding up to the grueling questioning. However, he falters on some of the small details and shoots holes in the elaborate story. Mason questions Clyde about how far away from the boat Roberta was when she fell into the water and how far apart they were from each other. He also asks if Clyde could swim more than 500 feet to shore fully clothed, then why he didn't have the strength to swim a short distance to her. Mason asks why a strong, young man of 140 pounds would be afraid of helping a hundred pound, weak, sick woman. Mason even brings in the boat and asks Clyde to reenact the scene. He brings in Roberta's hair and the hair on the camera lens (falsely placed there...

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