Once again, chance enters the scene: Clyde, hoping for sexual favors, spends money on Hortense; at the same time, his mother "just happens" to need extra money. And, "accidentally" observing his mother writing a letter (a rare thing), he also "happens" to see her in a boarding house neighborhood. By chance, his own errands make it impossible for him to follow her, until about a month later when he again sees her. This time she evades him by turning into an apartment building, but Clyde senses that this behavior has something to do with her writing the letter and her need for money. For the present, he arrives at no conclusion. A week later, however, he chances to see Esta, but he loses her in a crowd. Still later, he chances to see his mother again; thus he concludes that she is secretly seeing Esta. Clyde's deep anxieties are due partly to his moral defiance and partly because of inherent
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