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Unformatted text preview: And then tragedy, resulting from unethical actions and ignorance. Misfortune results from Sparser's fraudulence. Fearful of the owner's early return, he prudently obtains the car earlier than originally planned, but the appointed day threatens snow. Bad luck slows Sparser's race with time: freight trains, muddy roads, bridges, minor accidents, and heavy traffic. Panic drives him from one accident to another-from the incident involving the little girl to that of the lumber pile. By chance (or poetic justice), Hortense's beautiful face is scraped. Finally, Clyde hopes to escape "if the fates were only kind." Self-love and self-interest, it is evident, extinguish fidelity and decency. At the inn, Hortense and Sparser forsake their partners and dance together; playing on the ice, she prefers Sparser to Clyde. Later, Sparser fearfully speeds from the scene of his accident with the little girl. When the automobile Later, Sparser fearfully speeds from the scene of his accident with the little girl....
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09