The Bonfire of the Vanities - Chapter 30 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 30 Summary

Defense attorneys are not allowed inside the grand jury room, and Kramer uses this fact to his best advantage. He has dressed up Roland Auburn to look like a presentable young man, and has even taught Roland how to walk and how to sit up properly in his chair to impress the grand jury. Roland presents his version of events, relating how Sherman McCoy plowed into poor Henry Lamb. Roland tells the jury that the Mercedes came to a stop further up the street, and Roland had heard the female passenger call out the name "Shuhmun." Kramer asks him to repeat this distinctive pronunciation several times before calling Maria Ruskin to the witness stand. Maria's stunning good looks captivate the grand jury. Maria repeats Roland's story verbatim, claiming the accident took place on Bruckner Boulevard. She makes no mention of the highway on-ramp, and she attributes several...

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