Those material things which cause Clyde to contemplate murder are taken for granted by his American Dream Girl. Typifying young, sophisticated wealth, Sondra Finchley is the glass of Lycurgus fashion. She is devoted to clothes and fun and games and romantic love. Society is her stage, and nature is her playground. She plays with the conventions around her but does not break them. Unlike Roberta Alden, Sondra Finchley is the daughter of a rich manufacturer. She is not only popular with her select social circle, but she is its pace-setter. Her pursuits — swimming, boating, riding, driving, tennis, and golf — seem more like outdoor parties. And at parties it is her custom to shatter young men with her charms, Gilbert Griffiths excepted. In spite of the demands upon her attentions, she remains very much her own young lady, free of entangling alliances or compromises.
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