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MonkeyNotes-Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
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This is the only chapter devoted to Kennicott's point of view. He waits patiently for Carol to change her attitude. He considers her expectations that he should develop a taste for poetry to be hard on him. He knows that she is cold and does not know passion. He feels that a man can not go on tolerating such a wife. He had worked hard to study, supporting himself and he had set up his practice without anybody's help. So he feels hurt that he is made to feel like a stranger in his own house. He feels that his wife just manages to endure him.

His analysis shows how well he can read people. A glimpse of his life before is provided. He has had a few flings and a crush on Maud when they were in school. His love for Carol though she is cold is also revealed. When Nat tempts him to go to the farm, Kennicott is able to resist it because he knows that in such affairs the men lose more than what they bargained for. However, he gives in to temptation and goes to Maud's house.


The ladies believe that with their gossip network they know every thing that goes on in the town. Even as the members of the Jolly Seventeen gossip Harry Haydock carries on with the girl from the store. Nat Hicks has a good time with the dressmaker but Mrs. Bogart has no clue. Carol knows nothing about Kennicott's temptations. Nobody suspects Maud to be the temptress. Carol has such faith in her husband that she flippantly remarks that she hoped that he would be spirited enough to do the tempting. The author seems to have a good laugh at the gossiping women because they are made to pick up the wrong scent and make fools of themselves.

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