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Unformatted text preview: Two significant events take place during the spring of 1920. First, Babbitt is able to secretly purchase several real-estate options for himself and the company executives before the Street Traction Company publicly announces its plans to extend a particular streetcar line. The deal is sure to bring in a big profit. The other event is a formal dinner that Mr. and Mrs. Babbitt decide to give. They plan a real "highbrow" affair with evening clothes required, and for a long time all their energies are devoted to making plans for the party. After several weeks of soul-searching discussion, the Babbitts conclude their plans for the dinner and select the final list of guests. They invite Chum Frink (the newspaper poet) and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Littlefield, Mr. and Mrs. Vergil Gunch, and Mrs. and Mrs. Eddie Swanson. All of these people are highly respectable and prosperous members of Zenith's Eddie Swanson....
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