An American Tragedy (Signet Classics) by Theodore Dreiser

By Theodore Dreiser

The vintage depiction of the cruel realities of yank lifestyles, the darkish part of the yank Dream, and one man's doomed pursuit of affection and success... "Mr. Dreiser isn't really imitative and belongs to no university. he's at middle a mysticist and a fatalist, although utilizing the practical technique. he's, at the facts of this novel by myself, a power."-The long island occasions e-book evaluate

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And the big fat guy on the second floor that came to the door to see. ” laughed Kinsella. ” “And you and that little fat girl, Piggy. ” squealed Shiel, laughing and choking as he tried to tell of it. “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.

But now, as to this supper. That was a different matter, even to him. How, he asked himself, in case the thing lasted until very late as was expected, could he explain to his mother and father his remaining out so very late. Ratterer had said it might last until three or four, anyhow, although he might go, of course, any time, but how would that look, deserting the crowd? And yet hang it all, most of them did not live at home as he did, or if they did like Ratterer, they had parents who didn’t mind what they did.

And they were all laughing and talking as they came—evidently very well pleased with themselves and in nowise ashamed of their appearance, which in some instances was quite extraordinary, as Clyde saw it, their costumes ranging from the gayest and flimsiest of boudoir negligees to the somewhat more sober, if no less revealing, dancing and ballroom gowns. And they were of such varied types and sizes and complexions—slim and stout and medium—tall or short—and dark or light or betwixt. And, whatever their ages, all seemed young.

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