Chapters 1-3 Summary

Eighteen-year-old Caroline Meeber (known as “Sister Carrie” among her family) leaves her parents’ home in Wisconsin for an extended stay (or permanent residence, should she find employment) at her sister’s home in Chicago. On the train, Carrie is approached by Charles H. Drouet, a “masher” (a well-dressed man who preys on lone women). He strikes up a conversation with Carrie, who is overwhelmed by the presence of such a worldly man. He knows some of the businessmen of her hometown who own a clothing establishment far above her own means. She tells him about herself and agrees to receive him at her sister’s home the following Monday. Drouet offers to take Carrie to her sister’s, but Carrie declines, not wanting to...

(The entire section is 519 words.)