The Babbitts

The Babbitts - The Babbitts' house is described in much the...

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Unformatted text preview: The Babbitts' house is described in much the same way that the Babbitts' clothes were described: both house and clothes are good, solid, and uniform; best of all, they are respectable. The house has an abundance of electrical outlets for lamps, for vacuum cleaners, toasters, and electrical fans, but between the Babbitts themselves, there is no "spark" of love. The analogy between the excess of modern electrical appliances, their outlets, and the Babbitts' lack of love seems obvious. Myra Babbitt is described as being "as sexless as an anemic nun"; she bulges in corsets, fastens her clothes with safety pins, and takes no interest in her femininity. She treats her husband much as a fussy mother might. As for Babbitt, Lewis says that he appears "extremely married"; that is, the magic has gone out of his sex life with Myra. Babbitt is the man who pays Myra's bills; he is her solid magic has gone out of his sex life with Myra....
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