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What is George F. Babbitt really like? What kind of a man is he beneath the swagger, the ready  handshake, and the expensive clothes? We are never sure, just as Babbitt is never sure — because  there is only a small remnant of a vital human being beneath Babbitt's surface. Beneath Babbitt's exterior, there is a vague nervousness and comfortableness — a temporary  nausea, caused by Babbitt's ebbing intelligence, imagination, and integrity. And when the novel  ends, Babbitt says that he feels fine and healthy, and to all appearances he is, but the reader knows  that Babbitt's last dregs of intelligence, imagination, and integrity have been distilled into the essence  of what is known today as "Babbittry." To be a Babbitt or to be guilty of Babbittry is to behave like George F. Babbitt. It means that in one's 
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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.

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