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At home, Babbitt analyzes the course of his rebellion. He feels guilty about his actions but decides to have his own way. Despite his failure to woo charming girls, he hopes to find the girl of his dreams. In August, Myra and Tinka return but Babbitt is less than enthusiastic. Shortly afterwards, he makes a trip to Maine by himself. He decides to enjoy himself in the company of the Indian guides. However, his hopes are belied when he finds the guides formal and mercenary. His holiday is a waste. He decides to return back to Zenith.
Babbitt still tries to fill the vacuum in his life, but once again fails miserably. He tries to charm young girls but feels disappointed when they thwart his advances. His other friends do not make him feel comfortable in their presence. Myra is a good wife but not an ideal companion.
He decides to revive his sagging morale by visiting Maine and establishing a rapport with the Yankee-Indian guides in that place. However, his trip proves to be a disappointment. The guides are more interested in making money than friends. Their formal attitude extinguishes Babbitt's lonely enthusiasm and he decides to return to Zenith. Each encounter and incident makes Babbitt realize how empty his life has become.