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Unformatted text preview: To be a Babbitt or to be guilty of Babbittry is to behave like George F. Babbitt. It means that in one's private life one should, like Babbitt, read the morning paper and, then, computerlike, store up opinions from the editorial pages to regurgitate later with business associates when it is necessary to impress someone or settle arguments. Babbitt has few opinions of his own; his opinions are articulated by other people. Parroting editorials is Babbitt's way of learning, of acquiring wisdom. Memorizing phrases and attitudes of politically conservative editorials is done every morning, by rote, over coffee. It is one of Babbitt's daily rituals, similar to his lovemaking except that his lovemaking is a ritual rarely and only disinterestedly performed. Babbitt's wife is a noisy presence, a housekeeper, and a cook; Myra Babbitt is no longer the lovely or mysterious woman whom Babbitt...
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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