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Unformatted text preview: Lewis also mocks Prohibition in this chapter, calling it the "reign of righteousness," and showing us how degrading Prohibition was when an ordinary businessman, such as Babbitt, wanted to buy a bottle of liquor. Babbitt must leave the safe districts of Uptown, drive through the narrow, tenement- and-brothel-lined streets of The Arbor, carrying the guilt of a criminal. He realizes that his $125 suit carries no clout, and note that he uses a forced, uncertain speech with the bootlegger. Lewis has Babbitt "stalk plumply" up to the bar, follow the bartender "as delicately as a cat," then pay more than the value of the liquor. Babbitt seems unbearably uncomfortable, but Lewis shows us Babbitt's even further discomfort in an entirely different kind of establishment when he stops at the blue, frilly Vecchia's for ice cream. These two scenes where Babbitt was supposed to perform a "man's Vecchia's for ice cream....
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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.
- Fall '08