In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, where does Capote show sympathy for Perry?

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In the book In Cold Blood, author Truman Capote shows sympathy for Perry Smith, one of the two killers of the Clutter family in rural Kansas in the 1960s, in a number of places. This includes eliciting pity for Perry because of his physical deformities and also attempting to humanize him by providing detailed descriptions of his hobbies, thoughts, and unhappy upbringing.

Early in the book, Capote provides a description of Perry’s appearance that is designed to evoke pity:

... some sections of him were not in proportion to others. His tiny feet, encased in short black boots with steel buckles, would have neatly fitted into a delicate lady’s dancing slippers; when he stood up, he was no taller than a twelve-year-old child, and suddenly looked, strutting on stunted legs that seemed grotesquely inadequate to the grown-up bulk they supported, not like a well-built truck driver but like a retired jockey, overblown and musclebound ...

Other details play on the reader’s sympathy. For instance,...

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