Bible: The New Testament

Babbitt – Summary

Babbitt is set in the modern Midwestern city of Zenith. George F. Babbitt, a 46- year-old real estate broker, enjoys all the modern conveniences available to a prosperous middle-class businessman, yet he is dissatisfied with his life. When the novel opens, Babbitt has begun to regularly indulge in fantasies about a fairy girl who makes …

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Babbitt – Chapter 4

Summary Babbitt quibbles with Chester Kirby Laylock, the salesman for the Glen Oriole division, over the poetic value of Laylocks advertisement for the Glen. Babbitt considers Laylock disagreeably effeminate, and he likewise disdains Laylocks “poetry” because he wants something more “forceful” and “dignified.” Babbitt composes an advertisement for cemetery plots, convinced of his greater literary …

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Babbitt – Chapter 3

Summary Babbitt disdains his neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Doppelbrau as “Bohemian,” but he respects his neighbor Howard Littlefield, Ph.D. as a “Great Scholar.” Littlefield “proves” to the businessman the “perfection” of “their system of industry and manners” with elaborate arguments grounded in “history, economics, and the confessions of reformed radicals.” Babbitt and Littlefield make empty …

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Babbitt – Chapter 5

Summary As Babbitt prepares to meet Riesling for lunch at the Athletic Club, he admonishes himself for smoking and resolves to get more exercise. Nevertheless, he drives the three blocks to meet Riesling instead of walking. Although Zenith is undistinguishable from other Midwestern cities, Babbitt believes it is “individual and stirring.” Meanwhile, he yearns for …

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Babbitt – Chapter 13

Summary Babbitt is elected as an official delegate to the annual convention for the State Association of Real Estate Boards. When Cecil Rountree, the chairman of the convention program-committee, asks Babbitt to write a paper espousing his views about real estate for the convention, Babbitt eagerly accepts the honor. However, he encounters trouble in writing …

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