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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 3, Chapter 31 Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 31 Summary

Clyde's mother returns home to see Asa, who by all accounts is ill to the point of death. She remains for four months until he recovers. Since public opinion has always been against Clyde, and since there is no public interest, there is no way to help Clyde. Clyde witnesses executions one by one. Finally, his one and only friend, Nicholson, is slated to die. Nicholson gives Clyde advice if he is granted an appeal. He tells him that Roberta's letters should never have been introduced in totality. Instead, they should have only the facts extracted and presented to the jury. His mother has enlisted the aid of a young, dynamic, non-denominational preacher named Duncan McMillan to visit Clyde. Due to the sincerity and faith of Clyde's mother, McMillan goes to Clyde, entreating him to go to God for spiritual help. The contempt Clyde felt...

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