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Main Street Chapter 36

By Harry Sinclair Lewis

Chapter 36

  • As Gopher Prairie gets more successful, it gets more and more intolerant of people who don't like it.
  • Carol starts hearing stories about labor organizers being arrested. Will thinks it's all a great idea because he's drunk the pro-capitalist Kool-Aid. He and Carol continue to fight constantly, only now Will doesn't back down like he used to. He just calls Carol a crank whenever she expresses dissatisfaction.
  • Carol finally decides to leave Gopher Prairie and to take Hugh with her. Will doesn't put up much of a fight.
  • Carol leaves town, and the Gopher Prairie newspaper makes up a story about how she has gone to Washington to help in the war effort like a great patriot.

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