"Babylon Revisited" is a story of atonement and redemption. Main character Charlie Wales has returned to Paris, the site of his former wasteful, self-destructive, and extravagant 1920s life. In 1930 and in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, Charlie has tried to turn his life around. He's left behind his fast-lane lifestyle of booze, parties, and extravagance, and is committed to being a good father to his daughter. Or so he thinks. One of the complications of "Babylon Revisited" is that we doubt the reliability and permanence of Charlie's transformation. He still drinks – in moderation – and he still reveals a tinge of longing for his former lifestyle. Is Charlie a new man?
Charlie still needs to atone for his past at the end of "Babylon Revisited."
Charlie has finished atoning for his past sins at the end of "Babylon Revisited."