The Question and Answer section for Alas, Babylon is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Fort Repose is falling apart, everything is out of control, and they're fighting for their lives. Randy, as the only Army Reserve officer takes matters into his own hands for everyone's benefit.
From the text:
ORDER NO. l - TOWN OF FORT REPOSE
Dan stops because as a physician and empathetic man, he could do anything else. Even though he believed it might be an ambush, he couldn't drive past a woman he thought might need assistance. So he stopped.... and was ambushed.
Helen is cutting Randy's hair and unexplicably becomes disoriented. From the text, we can infer that Randy's similarity to her husband overwhelmed her... Lib's analysis is based upon the fact that Helen misses her husband, something that created a...