The story is set in the year after the , just after what Fitzgerald called the. The reformed alcoholic, Charlie Wales, represents who Fitzgerald wanted to be, while other characters represent close relatives. I worked hard for ten years, you know—until I got lucky in the market, like so many people. Sally Carrol and Harry visit the ice palace, and she feels oppressed and tense. He had to work hard to regain his life. One night during a bacchanalian spree, he quarrels with his wife, Helen, and she retaliates by kissing another man. Trimble says that he has missed most of the last decade, but he is vague about where he has been.
He is working to get Honoria not only for his own sake, but for the sake of his dead wife. He tells the barman that he has returned to Paris to see his daughter. What's more, Fitzgerald even later wrote in a letter to Scottie that she had ''made money'' for him when he had sold the short story that's ultimately about their relationship. The head barman, Paul, comes over to talk to Charlie, and says he heard Charlie lost a lot in the crash. It was perfect from the first word to the l Nothing can make me as happy and sad at the same time as reading Fitzgerald. The time in which they can have each other is being lost.
Wales then encounters his sister-in-law, whose response to him is lukewarm as she attempts to hide her distrust. The first story, Babylon Revisited, did draw me in but then the ending was so abrupt that I felt like it was a short story because the ending was omitted. Just as Fitzgerald is fearful that his own irresponsibility will pass to his daughter, Charlie tries to wipe out the past so it will not affect Honoria. Scott Fitzgerald, Babylon Revisited and Other Stories, New York: Scribner's, 1996. He bought her some eggs and coffee, and then, eluding her encouraging stare, gave her a twenty-franc note and took a taxi to his hotel. Charlie tries to smooth things over, but the intrusion has disturbed Marion so thoroughly that she changes her mind about allowing Charlie to take Honoria back to Prague with him.
The writing was really enjoyable but due to the lack of plot and character development in each of the stories, I found the collection quite bland and lack-lustre for me personally. Stella wants him to stay. After an hour he left and strolled towards Montmartre, up the Rue Pigalle into the Place Blanche. Apparently, the story is truer to life than I realized when I finished it. Charlie Wales was searching for his true meaning and made some choices that led to bad consequences. If, therefore, he made a bad choice, he cannot hold anyone else responsible.
Charlie drinks himself into a sanitarium before he begins to come out of the prison of alcoholism. You have got to read the story to fully enjoy it. If he has indeed changed his life, he should be rewarded for his redemption; unfortunately, he is not. This little freebie three short stories by F Scott Fitzgerald, the last of which was so short as to barely deserve comment was entertaining and interesting. Sartre makes the point that alienation is one of the greatest tenets of existentialism. I felt so much; I feel so much.
The Irish mobility of his face was sobered by a deep wrinkle between his eyes. They are spotted by Duncan Schaeffer and Lorraine Quarrles, who are obviously continuing the vigorous party lifestyle that Wales has abandoned. The next morning, Charlie looks for a governess for Honoria and has lunch with Lincoln Peters, who tells him that he thinks Marion resents Charlie because of his wealth. Wales cannot ascertain whether the sisters were close, but he is told by Honoria that she likes Uncle Lincoln best. The doorbell rings—it is Lorraine and Duncan, who are drunk.
Lincoln set down Honoria carefully. Charlie is held responsible for his actions in that he loses both his wife and daughter. Scott Fitzgerald had already written three of his major novels— This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, and The Great Gatsby— and he was finally making a good living as an author. They liked him because he was functioning, because he was serious; they wanted to see him, because he was stronger than they were now, because they wanted to draw a certain sustenance from his strength. The room feels safe and warm.
The ultimate absurdity in this story is that Charlie makes the right decision to turn his life around, but because he must live with his consequences, he fails to regain custody of his daughter. A few doors further on he found another ancient rendezvous and incautiously put his head inside. Although his ambivalence evokes sympathy to readers, Charlie is responsible to both his burden of his formal dissipated life and his current weakness which he does not aware of himself. After rereading this story I realized how I forgot this book after all this time. It's 3 short stories 'Babylon Revisited', 'The Cut-Glass Bowl' and 'The Lost Decade'. In retrospect it was a nightmare. I like the feeling of the unknown, just a little bit, when I read something.