Further description of the villainous young Kromer reveals that he has a habit of spitting through a space between his two front teeth which gives him a somewhat serpent-like aspect. Kromer's threat of exposure forces Emil into a more serious, and this time an actual, crime. In order to pay Kromer the amount of blackmail money which he demands, Emil steals, first, from his own piggy bank and, then, from wherever he can, especially when he finds money lying around the house. Contemplating his plight, Sinclair feels that he has now made a covenant with Satan and that his life is ruined. Debating whether or not to confess his predicament to his father and take the resulting punishment, as he has at times in the past, Sinclair decides that he must solve this problem by himself. His deep guilt feelings effect a break in his family ties. Sinclair withdraws from the
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.