The second novel in the trilogy, The Pit , deals with wheat speculation on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Vandover and the Brute , posthumously published in , is a study of degeneration. McTeague was filmed by Erich von Stroheim in under the title Greed and staged as an opera by composer William Bolcom and director Robert Altman in From The Octopus on he adopted a more humanitarian ideal and began to view the novel as a proper agent for social betterment. In The Octopus and other novels he strove to return American fiction, which was then dominated by historical romance, to more serious themes.
Despite their romanticizing tendencies, his novels present a vividly authentic and highly readable picture of life in California at the turn of the 20th century. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.
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In the ensuing celebration Trina's mother, Mrs. Sieppe, announces that McTeague and Trina are to marry. Marcus becomes jealous of McTeague, and claims that he has been cheated out of money that would have been rightfully his if he had married Trina. The marriage takes place, and Mrs. Sieppe, along with the rest of Trina's family, move away from San Francisco, leaving her alone with McTeague. Secretly, she accumulates penny-pinched savings in a locked trunk.
Though the couple are happy, the friendship between Marcus and Mac deteriorates. More than once the two men come to grips; each time McTeague's immense physical strength prevails, and eventually he breaks Marcus's arm in a fight.