The Bonfire of the Vanities - Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3 Summary

As he does every morning, Sherman McCoy walks his daughter, Campbell, down Park Avenue to the bus stop. She attends first grade at the prestigious Taliaferro School, properly pronounced "Toliver" by those in the know. This simple act of fatherhood confers a state of grace on Sherman each morning, and since the bus stop is only across the street, he doesn't even have time to become irritated at being slowed down by his little daughter's tiny steps. Sherman imagines the terrific picture they make; he, in his understated $1,800 suit, and she in her innocent, burgundy jumper. Unlike last night with the dog, he doesn't mind the doorman observing this scene. This morning, Campbell surprises him by asking if there is a God. Sherman and Judy send her to Sunday school each week to avoid having to address the subject of God directly, but...

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