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Chapter 24

Babbitt visits Paul in prison. He is distressed to see his friend resigned to his plight and realizes with sadness that his old friend has changed irrevocably. Babbitt also feels like the world is an unfair place.

Back in his office, he meets a new customer named Tanis Judique. Charmed by her personality, Babbitt volunteers to take her to the apartment. He spends enough time with her to strike up a friendship, putting on all his charm. Shortly afterwards, he visits an exclusive barber's shop in order to make the acquaintance of the young manicurist, Ida Putiak. He takes her out for supper and makes advances towards her. However, Ida is not interested. Babbitt feels guilty to have flirted with a girl young enough to be his daughter.


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Babbitt is unable to bear the separation from Paul. His friend's imprisonment makes him turn bitter. His spirit is in rebellion. When Tanis Judique appears on the scene and tries to lure him by her charms, he becomes a ready target. She seems to be an angel in disguise, come to give him solace. However, his restless spirit does not feel satisfied with this conquest. He craves attention and acceptance by younger people. He sets his sights on the young manicurist, Ida Putiak. He spends more money at her salon. Finally, knowing Myra is far away, he invites Ida on a date. However, when the girl refuses to respond to his advances, he feels ashamed of himself. In his desperation to seek companionship, he has forgotten Ida is nearly as young as his own daughter, Verona.

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