One of the most important insights in this first section is Mr

One of the most important insights in this first section is Mr

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One of the most important insights in this first section is Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths' inability to understand  their son's desires. Ignorantly, they permit Clyde to work in the flamboyant hotel; they are completely  unaware of its influence on their son. On the other hand, Elvira Griffiths, although naïve, does react  to her daughter's troubles with greater decision than her husband does; Asa Griffiths is a man of  meager sensitivity and intelligence. Asa's foil, or opposite, is his brother — Samuel Griffiths of  Lycurgus, New York. Appropriately, Clyde's rich uncle is first presented to the reader through Clyde's  vivid, simplistic daydreams — daydreams which usually include some kind of spectacular liberation.  Temperamentally akin to his sister, Esta, Clyde yearns for earthly, not heavenly, love. The motion- picture theater and, next door, the drugstore where he works form a glamorous world — a  combination of make-believe romance and real ice cream. Clyde, like his parents, is naive. He is  ignorant of his sister's sexual victimization, yet he envisions pagan seductions of his own. His 
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