Having never really "traveled," Clyde looks forward to a delightful automobile trip with Hortense and four other couples. At the Wigwam, they can eat, drink, and dance. Symbolic of the Jazz Age, the automobile is fast, easy, fun-geared, and possessed of real and illusory power; en route are drinks, gay banter, and refreshment stops. At the Wigwam, Clyde watches the Dionysian dancing of Hortense and the others. Offsetting these glorious moments, however, are other experiences: the terror of a hit-and-run accident, pursuit, a crack-up in a stolen automobile, flight, and further pursuit.Clyde's excessive sensibility is slowly beginning to devour him. As with illicit sex, it is not the act itself but the possible consequences that troubles Clyde about riding in Sparser's "borrowed" car. But he is weak and so he succumbs to temptation and delights in the trip. Again the idea of Clyde's soul being
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