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
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