Study Guide

Sister Carrie Tough-o-Meter

By Theodore Dreiser

Tough-o-Meter

(5) Tree Line

Sure Sister Carrie might have you occasionally reaching for the old dictionary to look up a word like hornswoggled, and the narrator's philosophical digressions may throw out a few ideas that slow down your reading a bit and leave your brain momentarily twisted up, but none of this should keep you from getting a fairly good grasp of what's going on in this story.