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Unformatted text preview: But until this time, social diversions offer Clyde respite from his grasping at straws. His infatuation with Sondra diffuses his concern for Roberta. Into the jaws of his nightmare, he pursues his dream of Sondra. He rationalizes that Esta survived, that he could help Roberta financially after he marries Sondra, that Roberta's death would save her from her own terror, and that Sondra would be saved from heartache. Although the idea horrifies him, Clyde yearns for an accident. His mind torn and his emotions riotous, his remorse for Roberta is always temporary. He tries to balance the possibility of capital punishment against the loss of Sondra. Subtly overriding all objections, Clyde's dark genie whispers of the way that Clyde must go. Yet on the train and on the bus, Clyde is still divided. On the "death pool," he feels sympathetic hands on his shoulders, but after his vision of Roberta in the pool,...
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