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Clearly, Lewis has a brilliant ear for the spoken language of the 1920s and a great talent for mimicry.  Some of his vocal reproductions and exaggerations of colloquial speech patterns are among the  novel's most memorable and amusing passages. Through his aping of native speech patterns, Lewis  demonstrates the empty and unimaginative quality of middle-class American thought and, at the  same time, he teases us with rich humor. The dullness and vapidity of the way that the characters in  Babbitt communicate and express themselves emphasizes all of Lewis' intense feelings about their  beliefs, backgrounds, and lack of sophistication. It has been charged, and with some truth, that Lewis sometimes overused slang and was too  extravagant in the length and volume of his imitations, and that as a result, the language of his  characters sometimes seems stilted and unreal. That is a danger faced by every novelist who 
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