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Seize the Day – Chapter I

Summary Tommy Wilhelm, the books protagonist, is descending in an elevator of the Hotel Gloriana, about to meet his father for breakfast. Dr. Adler, a retired doctor and Tommys father, lives in the hotel. From the novellas opening there is a sense that there is something different about this day. For instance, Tommy and his …

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Seize the Day – Chapter III

Summary Mr. Perls leaves and father and son are left alone to finish breakfast together. Tommy is described as mountainous in this scene and is described eating a great deal, gorging, actually. His father is disgusted by him, by his unseemliness, by his manners, by his “idealistic” look. Dr. Adler suggests to his son that …

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Seize the Day – Chapter V

Summary The chapter opens with a description of a carnival-like Broadway street scene that then jumps to the stock-market floor in flux. Tamkin and Tommy are in the market, observing the commodities they have invested in. Lard had gone down a great deal, which worried Tommy. However, Tommy is relieved by the fact that Tamkin …

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Seize the Day – Dr. Adler

The most difficult challenge in coming to an understanding of Dr. Adler, Tommys father is that one must realize, first, that we view Dr. Adler through Tommys eyes. It is difficult to trust a characters view that is constantly in flux. For instance, his son often vilifies Adler, however, we must bring the villainy into …

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