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Plantings - "Plantings"'sdrowning:,Clyde ,Roberta',...

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"Plantings" in this section foreshadow Roberta's drowning: Sondra in a floral parade canoe, Clyde  and Roberta in the Crum Lake canoe, Roberta's inability to boat or swim, and the boating incident at  Starlight Park. Dramatic irony surfaces in several places. As Gilbert interviewed Clyde, here Clyde interviews  Roberta. Polish Mary's dilemma — to love or lose — parallels Hortense's earlier problem and  Roberta's approaching one. At Crum Lake, Clyde reassures Roberta that the canoe is safe, almost  as ironic as his remark that on seeing her he "almost fell out of the boat." As sundry girls taught  Clyde to dance, in this section he teaches Roberta. After kissing her, Clyde feels that life has given  him everything, but when he dances with her later, Sondra is on his mind. That Roberta envisions  Clyde's parents as less strict than hers is ironic, as is her conviction that once she yields to Clyde  they will never again quarrel.
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