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Plot Summary The novel Sister Carrie written by Theodore Dreiser discusses the life of an eighteen-year old girl leaving Columbia City to start a new life in Chicago With her are four dollars a few paltry belongings and her sisters address in Chicago Throughout the story a pattern is shown as Caroline Carrie Meeber progresses in the ladder of society from a poor jobless girl living below the poverty line to a rich and wealth actress in New York Carries story starts off living in her sisters flat within the pits of Chicago The only jobs she could find are hard backbreaking professions and those that require experience One day she finds a difficult and unpleasing job working in a shoe factory where she earns for and a half-dollars a week This however was not enough to satisfy even the bare requirements needed to live within the city As winter comes along Carrie finds herself ill and loses her job Yet all is not lost She soon discovers Mr Drouet the gentleman she had met at the train station upon arrival to Chicago At this point Mr Drouet has become fond of Carrie and offers her twenty dollars to buy new clothes One evening Drouet invites George Hurstwood a high classed well to do man to a card game Through this game Drouet introduces Carrie whom Hurstwood is later drawn to Hurstwood is a married man yet he feels his marriage is falling apart and thus begins his pursuit of Carrie Hurstwood draws her by taking her out and buying her gifts Soon she is captivated by his charm and falls in love with him They then decide to get married despite the fact the Hurstwood was still married to his first wife Carrie on the other hand is unaware of the affair she is having with Hurstwood Julia George Hurstwoods actual wife continues to pester Hurstwood because she isnt getting the
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