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Unformatted text preview: This section is atypical of Dreiser's usual representation of day-to-day reality. Chapter 13, for example, begins with a recapitulation of the Clyde-Hortense relationship and concludes with the Clyde-and-his-mother conundrum. These episodes have a common denominator: Clyde's money Hortense wanting it for a coat, Mrs. Griffiths wanting it for Esta. Dreiser shifts Esta's story back to the time of Mrs. Griffiths' secret correspondence. Clyde's inability to inquire directly compels him to do some spying. The narration moves in large units of time. Clyde's several sightings of his mother provide Dreiser with several opportunities to describe shabby neighborhoods and to build suspense. This plot of coincidence and mystery finally brings Clyde to his sister's apartment. Deserted, pregnant, and unwed, Esta Griffiths prefigures Roberta Alden....
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