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Chapter 22

Babbitt secures permission to meet Paul in the city prison. Paul is reluctant to talk about the incident, but Babbitt finally persuades him to talk. Paul says it all happened so suddenly and he is completely mortified and sorry. When Paul's attorney, P.J. Maxwell arrives on the scene, Babbitt bids good-bye to his friend. At home, he forbids his family to talk about the incident. He visits the Athletic club with apprehension, since he fears the adverse remarks of his friends against Paul. However, to his relief, his friends say nothing. Feeling helpless, Babbitt visits Maxwell at home and offers his services to him. After Zilla recovers from her wounds, he visits her in her quarters. She is bitter about the whole incident and refuses to seek pardon for Paul. Paul is sentenced to three years in the State Penitentiary. Babbitt feels lonely without Paul.


Notes

This chapter initiates the downfall of Babbitt. In the absence of Paul, Babbitt feels isolated from the world. Paul has been his soul mate. It was in his friend's company that he could relax and be at peace. Now that Paul is sentenced to three years imprisonment, Babbitt feels deserted.

In the previous chapters, the positive side of Babbitt's character was highlighted. He was portrayed as an ambitious businessman who tried to improve his image in society through his business acumen and oratorical skills. In the forthcoming chapters, his success takes a tumble. His good reputation begins to slip.

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