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Unformatted text preview: Out of the panorama of tragedy grow many splendid, even comic-relief ironies. For example, Coroner Heit instructs Earl Newcomb to telephone his wife he might be late; in turn, New-comb asks Zillah Saunders to telephone his mother for the same reason. Like Clyde, Mason is looking for a solution to the problem of his future. As the young people sought Titus for directions, so Titus thinks that Mason comes for the same reason. It is highly ironic, of course, that Mason should consider Clyde to be one of the idle rich. Under the peaceful awnings of the comfortable Cranston lodge, Clyde finds little peace or comfort. In the launch to the Casino Golf Club, Sondra dares to stand while the driver deliberately ricochets the boat. Dreiser's omniscient point of view provides us with information inaccessible to Clyde or Mason. Unlike agents of the law, the reader is privy to Clyde's information inaccessible to Clyde or Mason....
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- Fall '08