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However, Babbitt is not unique; at the convention we see that Babbittism abounds. Suddenly we are  in a sea of Babbitts, men who exhort brotherly love, but not at the cost of their fierce hometown  partisanship. The cities of Monarch, Sparta, Zenith, and others are deadly competitive. The real- estate convention is really a collection of jealous city organizations, using the convention as an  excuse to show off to one another and as an excuse for a day or two of middling debauchery. There  is an atmosphere of carnival and the spirit of Babbitt is its king. After Babbitt's speech, he becomes "Brother Babbitt," and "George" to people he doesn't even know.  From solid citizen, Babbitt becomes important citizen; he is playfully frisky with Mrs. Sassburger,  swigs bootleg whiskey surreptitiously from a coffee cup, then goes to a burlesque show. Babbitt is 
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