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An American Tragedy (Signet Classics) by Theodore Dreiser

By Theodore Dreiser

The vintage depiction of the cruel realities of yankee existence, the darkish part of the yank Dream, and one man's doomed pursuit of affection and success... "Mr. Dreiser isn't imitative and belongs to no institution. he's at center a mysticist and a fatalist, although utilizing the lifelike strategy. he's, at the facts of this novel on my own, a power."-The big apple occasions e-book evaluate

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Besides, the last time I went down to that joint I had forty bucks when I went in and not a cent when I came out. ” “That joint,” thought Clyde on hearing it. Then, after this supper, when they had all drunk and eaten enough, they were going down to one of those places called a “joint”—a bad-house, really. There was no doubt of it—he knew what the word meant. There would be women there—bad women—evil women. And he would be expected— could he—would he? For the first time in his life now, he found himself confronted by a choice as to his desire for the more accurate knowledge of the one great fascinating mystery that had for so long confronted and fascinated and baffled and yet frightened him a little.

And Ratterer’s legs all bent under his load. ” yelled Hegglund. ” “That was all your fault, Hegglund,” called Higby from Kinsella’s side. ” “I tell you I was drunk,” protested Ratterer. ” added Kinsella. “He wouldn’t help nobody ‘gainst us. ” “It’s a wonder we weren’t all thrown in the street or locked up. ” reminisced Ratterer. By now Clyde was faintly dizzy with the nature of these revelations. ” That could mean but one thing. And they expected him to share in revels such as these, maybe. It could not be.

Make yourselves at home. ” And, running upstairs to the left, she began calling: “Oh, Marie! Sadie! Caroline! ” And at that moment, from a door in the rear, there emerged a tall, slim and rather pale-faced woman of about thirty-eight or forty— very erect, very executive, very intelligent and graceful-looking— diaphanously and yet modestly garbed, who said, with a rather wan and yet encouraging smile: “Oh, hello, Oscar, it’s you, is it? And you too, Paul. Hello! Hello, Davis! Just make yourselves at home anywhere, all of you.

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