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MonkeyNotes-Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
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Bresnahan takes Carol out for a drive in Jack Elder's car. He tells her he knew that she thinks that he is a bluff. He informs her that he thought that even she was a bluff. When he praises Kennicott's service to the people Carol points out that Kennicott is a servant of reality. He tries to tell her that Gopher Prairie is a good town and that she is lucky to be there, while discussing the reforms she wants in Gopher Prairie. She retorts that it is because of the praise of people like him that Gopher Prairie was so smug and never acknowledged the need to change. She asserts that it is a dull place and even the bridge playing Juanita was tired of the town. He tries to tell her that every place had its own drawbacks. She asserts that in big towns she would find people like herself so that she could be happy. He remarks that in New York or any other big city there were thousands of girls like her, saying and feeling the same things and adds that she would lose the fun of being the lone genius.


He points out that she antagonized even the few people who would agree with her. She uses a fable to explain her point. She compares herself to the cave woman who complains about the damp cave, about the stiff garments she had to wear and about the rats that ran over her legs. She compares the others, who criticize her to the cave man who tells her that it cannot be so wrong and feels that it is a good answer. She asserts that just because Gopher Prairie produced Bresnahan, he cannot consider it to be civilized, because it has also produced people like Mrs. Bogart. He replies that if she were to run a factory she would give up all her ideas within a day. He tells her that only a strong man would find her a better cave and a whining radical would never be able to do that. Carol finds him to be such a good friend that she has to agree with his point of view. She feels that he made her feel young and soft. His admiration for her makes her look at Kennicott more critically.

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