At the reunion dinner

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At the reunion dinner, Babbitt also greeted Ed Overbrook, another classmate. Overbrook has been a  failure since leaving school, and he presently operates a small insurance business. Overbrook and  his large family live in an old house in an unfashionable section of Zenith. Ed reacts to Babbitt in  much the same way that Babbitt did to McKelvey. He evidently believes that through Babbitt, he and  his wife will be able to advance their social status. The Overbrooks invite the Babbitts to dinner, and  after changing the date and putting the dinner party off, the Babbitts finally accept. At dinner, Babbitt  and his wife unwittingly behave toward the Overbrooks and their friends in the same condescending  way that the McKelveys behaved toward the Babbitts. In this case, the Babbitts arrive late and leave  early, after unsuccessfully hiding their boredom and making lame excuses and vague promises. For a time, the Babbitts consider inviting the Overbrooks to their house in return. They never do, 
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