The Bonfire of the Vanities - Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 20 Summary

Sherman is summoned into the grand offices of Gene Lopwitz, himself, head of Pierce & Pierce. Lopwitz demands an explanation for Sherman's recent string of costly mistakes. Sherman has trouble concentrating on Lopwitz' words despite the gravity of the meeting. Lopwitz interrupts the meeting to take a call from a celebrity. Lopwitz demonstrates far more interest in chatting with a celebrity than with his number-one bond salesman. After taking another call regarding a decorating matter, Lopwitz asks Sherman if he's having problems at home. Sherman is tempted to be forthcoming about his infidelity, which might gain him Lopwitz' sympathy and mercy, but Sherman is too leery of Lopwitz' greed for gossip.

Another call comes through Lopwitz' line, but this time it's for Sherman. Killian's voice greets Sherman, impressing upon Sherman the need to talk right now. To Lopwitz' shock, Sherman walks out of his...

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