This section details Clyde's desperation and Roberta's death. The narrative line moves relentlessly forward. Clyde journeys to an out-of-town drugstore, but the abortion for Roberta proves ineffective. He sends her to an out-of-town physician who turns down her pleas for an abortion. Happening upon the Alden farm one day, Clyde views marriage to Roberta as a dismal ending to all his bright dreams. Clyde declines Roberta's solution of a temporary marriage and hopes to elope at Twelfth Lake with Sondra. After reading a newspaper account of a double drowning, Clyde daydreams of Roberta's death. When she threatens to expose him, he consents to marry her at a lake resort, but plots to cause an "accidental" drowning. Ironically, the boat does capsize accidentally, but Clyde does not answer Roberta's call for help.
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