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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charlie has returned to Paris to try to gain custody back of his daughter Honoria. It has been 10 years since he has seen his daughter. His past still haunts him where he would be a brutal drunkard. It was his fault why his wife, Helen, died – locking her out of the house on a cold winter night. Pneumonia set in quickly thereafter and then she was gone. Her sister, Marion, and her husband, Lincoln, have been caring for Honoria for all this time. Feelings are still raw as Charlie pitches his proposal to Marion that he is a changed man and ready to take his daughter back. He allows himself only one drink per day – no more. While visiting with Marion, two old friends invite Charlie out for drinks. He sends them away, but the visit unnerves Marion who still blames Charlie for the death of her sister. Charlie leaves empty handed. Martha Foley states “All fiction has a springboard of reality; those who know the author’s tragic life know how true this story is.”

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