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Babbitt is distressed about his life. Myra becomes seriously ill and is rushed to the hospital. Babbitt is shocked to his senses, apologizing to Myra and promising for real to change. As she is recovering in the hospital, they begin to evaluate their marriage and plan for a happy and unified future. Their old friends begin to visit. At some point well into Myra's recovery, Virgil Gunch repeats his offer to let Babbitt join the Good Citizen's League. Babbitt agrees and denounces Seneca Doane and his old liberal lifestyle.
The chapter represents Babbitt's re-entry into the folds of his former life. He has repented of his rebellious phase and is eager to resume life as before.