In 1931). In his monologue, he explains to them

In
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited,” the protagonist, Charlie Wales, is
portrayed as a victim of his society. In the past, he had a problem with
consuming too much alcohol, and his consequences present themselves in this
story. After his daughter’s mother “escaped to a grave in Vermont,”
(Fitzgerald, 1931) “his child was taken from his control” (Fitzgerald, 1931)
and went to live with the mother’s sister and her husband, Marion and Lincoln
Peters, in Paris, France. The most prominent consequence of Charlie’s former
alcoholism is society’s inability to see him as anything but an alcoholic. He
is in Paris, not just to visit with his daughter, Honoria, but to ask for
Marion’s and Lincoln’s permission to have her live with him, since he “hasn’t
had more than a drink a day for over a year” (Fitzgerald, 1931). In his
monologue, he explains to them the reason that he has one drink per day, which
is “so the idea of alcohol won’t get too big in his imagination” (Fitzgerald,
1931). Whatever his reason, it has worked for him to keep him sober, but Marion
does not seem to accept that he has changed and he will not relapse. Even
Charlie’s old drinking friends, Lorraine and Duncan, do not seem to take his
parenting role seriously when they run into Charlie and Honoria while they are
at lunch. Lorraine acknowledges the Honoria’s presence, asking Charlie, “This
your little girl?” (Fitzgerald, 1931), but neither Lorraine nor Duncan clean up
their attitudes, saying “pinch him and see if he’s sober” and pushing to join
Charlie’s and Honoria’s plans “to see the vaudeville at the Empire”
(Fitzgerald, 1931). The tragedy ends with Charlie being unsuccessful in getting
his daughter back, proving that no one can see Charlie as anything but an
alcoholic.

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