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Unformatted text preview: The meal consists of the foods customarily found at most middleclass formal dinners, and after dinner, everyone gathers in the parlor. Conversation of a very uninspired and conventional type ensues. The jokes that the men tell are crude and unsophisticated. Everyone seems to be having a wonderful and stimulating evening. Chum Frink reads the group some of his latest poems and advertising copy. The poetry of advertising, he says, is far superior to any of the difficult, "longhair" stuff they were supposed to read in school the "arty stuff" that foreigners and people who put on airs profess to appreciate. Babbitt has always enjoyed being a host, and he has always been sincerely respectful of Frink's brilliance, but tonight something is bothering Babbitt. Meanwhile, the guests eventually run out of conversational material and start to grow restless until someone suggests that they play bridge. conversational material and start to grow restless until someone suggests that they play bridge....
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- Fall '08