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By Theodore Dreiser

An American Masterpiece

Clyde Griffiths unearths his social-climbing aspirations and love for a wealthy and lovely debutante threatened whilst his lower-class pregnant female friend provides him an ultimatum.

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May well it fairly be? bankruptcy five THE ingenious flights of Clyde in reference to all this—his goals of what it could actually suggest for him to be hooked up with so excellent an institution—can simply be prompt. For his rules of luxurious have been commonly so severe and wrong and gauche—mere wanderings of a repressed and unhappy fancy, which as but had had not anything yet imaginings to feed it. He went again to his previous tasks on the drug-store—to his domestic after hours as a way to devour and sleep—but now for the stability of this Friday and Saturday and Sunday and Monday till overdue within the day, he walked on air, fairly. His brain used to be now not on what he used to be doing, and several other instances his more advantageous on the drug-store needed to remind him to “wake-up. ” And after hours, rather than going without delay domestic, he walked north to the nook of 14th and Baltimore, the place stood this nice lodge, and checked out it. There, at nighttime even, sooner than all the 3 relevant entrances—one dealing with each one of 3 streets—was a doorman in a protracted maroon coat with many buttons and a high-rimmed and long-visored maroon cap. And within, in the back of looped and fluted French silk curtains, have been the nonetheless blazing lighting, the à l. a. carte dining-room and the yankee grill within the basement close to one nook nonetheless open. And approximately them have been many taxis and vehicles. And there has been song always—from someplace. After surveying all of it this Friday evening and back on Saturday and Sunday morning, he lower back on Monday afternoon on the advice of Mr. Squires and was once greeted through that specific relatively crustily, for via then he had all yet forgotten him. yet due to the fact in the mean time he used to be really short of support, and being chuffed that Clyde may be of carrier, he led him into his small place of work less than the stair, the place, with a really more suitable demeanour and lots more and plenty real indifference, he proceeded to question him as to his parentage, the place he lived, at what he had labored earlier than and the place, what his father did for a living—a poser that for Clyde, for he was once proud and so ashamed to confess that his mom and dad performed a challenge and preached at the streets. as a substitute he responded (which used to be precise every now and then) that his father canvassed for a bathing laptop and wringer company—and on Sundays preached—a non secular revelation, which used to be on no account displeasing to this grasp of boys who have been susceptible to be something yet home-loving and conservative. may possibly he carry a reference from the place he now was once? He might. Mr. Squires proceeded to give an explanation for that this inn used to be very strict. Too many boys, because of the scenes and the convey the following, the touch made with undue luxurious to which they weren't accustomed—though those weren't the phrases utilized by Mr. Squires—were susceptible to lose their heads and get it wrong. He was once continuously being compelled to discharge boys who, simply because they made a bit more money, didn’t understand how to behavior themselves. He should have boys who have been prepared, civil, steered, courteous to everyone. they have to be fresh and neat approximately their folks and garments and appear promptly—on the dot—and in fine condition for the paintings each day.

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