10 Feb 2016
Babylon Redeemed: Fitzgerald’s Charlie Wales
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited,” there is a character named Charlie Wales who is the protagonist of this short story. Charlie is an American who earns a living in Prague analyzing the stock market. He is in Paris to gain custody of his daughter, Honoria. He had lost custody of her because his excessive drinking and marital problems with his late wife, Helen. He gives Honoria to the care of his sister-in-law Marion and her husband Lincoln Peters. Marion holds a grudge against Charlie for how he treated her sister and is an obstacle in his effort to win Honoria back. Despite his flaws and failures, Charlie Wales is a human sincerely seeking redemption with his sister-in-law, his daughter, and his conscience.