this question is in the begining of the book of in cold blood
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The pie symbolizes the American Dream......... "It's a American as apple pie."
The significance of this section also has to do with the American Dream; those who've achieved it through hard work, those who want it, and those who are willing to murder for it. Nancy is the perfect example of the All-American girl; she goes to 4-H, mentors little girls, gossips on the phone, and like boys. That's the significance...... who she is, and the fact that even she can't be protected.
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