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Heretofore, when Paul erred, Babbitt has always been able to be fairly effective at staying Paul's  restlessness and, afterward, he could bask in proud tiredness after the ordeal was over. But now  Paul has committed a crime, and Lewis' purpose is to show Babbitt's complete inability to  comprehend what has happened. Paul is guilty; he shot Zilla through the shoulder with a real bullet  from a real gun, and her wound is very bloody and real. Babbitt's code of behavior doesn't allow for  such acts. He fears that Paul will be strangled in a quagmire of bureaucratic red tape before anyone  realizes that Paul is not really bad. Likewise, Paul himself can scarcely believe what happened. In  frustration, he simply pulled a trigger and a bullet cut through Zilla's shoulder. Paul tries to explain  what happened, but his words sound like those of a retarded child. Lewis tells us that from March to June, Babbitt kept busy in order to keep himself from "the 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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