Babbitt), Babbitt takes his lunch at the Zenith Athletic Club, which is "not athletic and [not] exactly a club, but it is Zenith in perfection"(57).
Were Lewis's intentions in Babbitt solely to satirize a certain character type, he could have reasonably stopped one day into the novel, with George Babbitt's declaration of trilingual mastery.
If the story of Babbitt is the title character's search for self-awareness, then the cataclysmic event in George Babbitt's life is the implosion of Paul Riesling.
Paul Riesling, Babbitt's most intimate friend since college days.
Daniel (Tanis) Judique, a widow with whom Babbitt has a brief affair as a part of his revolt against conventionality.
On the other hand, a combination between romanticism and classicism is not impossible: Mozart, for instance, obeyed musical law in a spontaneous way (Babbitt 1910: 230).
The great romantic error, or better said the great Rousseauistic error, is, according to Babbitt (1910: 249), the following:
First there had been the Emir, who wrecked Babbitt's dinner party for the Queen of England by telling longwinded stories, assassinating the Duke of Edinburgh, and sabotaging the souffle.
Then came the Fakir, who had hacked into the database of Babbitt's philanthropic organization, which gifted armor-piercing bullets to kids with terminal cancer, and wreaked havoc with the charity's finances, making a fool of Babbitt in front of all the world.
Almost all of Lewis's books were based either on painstaking research into a subject--he worked with de Kruif for Arrowsmith, studied real estate for Babbitt
, and visited ministers and churches for Elmer Gantry--or on situations or places Lewis knew well.
In addition to his brains and his daring, Babbitt was not hurt by his name.
Babbitt went to Bolivia in 1961 on a research project with Gulf Oil.