CliffsNotes on Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham

CliffsNotes on Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham

CliffsNotes on Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham

CliffsNotes on Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham

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Silas’ rise to fortune and the contrived love affair of Irene are romantic aspects of the novel which are only temporary and end tragically. Silas loses his business because he loans too much money to a former partner to redeem his soul from the sin of greed; he had used his partner’s money to make the business profitable and then forced the partner out of the enterprise. Irene’s love affair is tragically ended when her supposed lover, Tom Corey, reveals that he loves her sister instead.

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