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Unformatted text preview: "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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