Savoring his kinship with the Griffithses

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Unformatted text preview: Savoring his kinship with the Griffithses, he dreams of the future and, growing nostalgic, feels that he could manage even Hortense now. Unable to discern his aunt's supper invitation as simply a "duty," he further daydreams of the Griffithses' wonderful private lives. While Gilbert is jealous of his cousin's good looks, Clyde envies his cousin's power. After the evening with the Griffithses, Clyde daydreams of a love affair with a society girl like Sondra Finchley. Again, his promotion triggers daydreams; he sees himself as reserved, able, energetic. Clyde's daydreams, however, have an element of pain. Even in Lycurgus, Clyde confronts experience (as he confronted his uncle in Chicago) with a divided heart. He aspires to Union League conservatism, yet regrets that, unlike the Green-Davidson, it is an "Eveless Paradise." Though his opportunity thrills him, his past haunts him. Disliking Gilbert, Clyde nevertheless tries to ingratiate opportunity thrills him, his past haunts him....
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