The Experience of Literature
The Experience of Literature ENGL 2030
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ultluushuxley Chapter One A SQUAT grey building of only thirty four stories Over the main entrance the words CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE and in a shield the World State39s motto COMMUNITY IDENTITY STABILITY The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north Cold for all the summer beyond the panes for all the tropical heat of the room itself a harsh thin light glared through the windows hungrily seeking some draped lay figure some pallid shape of academic goose flesh but finding only the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory Wintriness responded to wintriness The overalls of the workers were white their hands gloved with a pale corpse coloured rubber The light was frozen dead a ghost Only from the yellow barrels of the microscopes did it borrow a certain rich and living substance lying along the polished tubes like butter streak after luscious streak in long recession down the work tables quotAnd thisquot said the Director opening the door quotis the Fertilizing Roomquot Bent over their instruments three hundred Fertilizers were plunged as the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning entered the room in the scarcely breathing silence the absent minded soliloquizing hum or whistle of absorbed concentration A troop of newly arrived students very young pink and callow followed nervously rather abjectly at the Director39s heels Each of them carried a notebook in which whenever the great man spoke he desperately scribbled Straight from the horse39s mouth It was a rare privilege The D H C for Central London always made a point of personally conducting his new students round the various departments quotJust to give you a general ideaquot he would explain to them For of course some sort of general idea they must have if they were to do their work intelligently though as little of one if they were to be good and happy members of society as possible For particulars as every one knows make for virtue and happiness generalities are intellectually necessary evils Not philosophers but fret sawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society quotTo morrowquot he would add smiling at them with a slightly menacing geniality quotyou39ll be settling down to serious work You won39t have time for generalities Meanwhile quot Meanwhile it was a privilege Straight from the horse39s mouth into the notebook The boys scribbled like mad Tall and rather thin but upright the Director advanced into the room He had a long chin and big rather prominent teeth just covered when he was not talking by his full floridly curved lips Old young Thirty Fifty Fifty five It was hard to say And anyhow the question didn39t arise in this year of stability A F 632 it didn39t occur to you to ask it quotI shall begin at the beginningquot said the DHC and the more zealous students recorded his intention in their notebooks Begin at the beginning quotThesequot he waved his hand quotare the incubatorsquot And opening an insulated door he showed them racks upon racks of numbered test tubes quotThe week39s supply of ova Keptquot he explained quotat blood heat whereas the male gametesquot and here he opened another door quotthey have to be kept at thirty five instead of thirty seven Full blood heat sterilizesquot Rams wrapped in theremogene beget no lambs Still leaning against the incubators he gave them while the pencils scurried illegibly across the pages a brief description of the modern fertilizing process spoke first of course of its surgical introduction quotthe operation undergone voluntarily for the good of Society not to mention the fact that it carries a bonus amounting to six months39 salaryquot continued with some account of the technique for preserving the excised ovary alive and actively developing passed on to a consideration of optimum temperature salinity viscosity referred to the liquor in which the detached and ripened eggs were kept and leading his charges to the work tables actually showed them how this liquor was drawn off from the test tubes how it was let out drop by drop onto the specially warmed slides of the microscopes how the eggs which it contained were inspected for abnormalities counted and transferred to a porous receptacle how and he now took them to watch the operation this receptacle was immersed in a warm bouillon containing free swimming spermatozoa at a minimum concentration of one hundred thousand per cubic centimetre he insisted and how after ten minutes the container was lifted out of the liquor and its contents re examined how if any of the eggs remained unfertilized it was again immersed and if necessary yet again how the fertilized ova went back to the incubators where the Alphas and Betas remained until definitely bottled while the Gammas Deltas and Epsilons were brought out again after only thirty six hours to undergo Bokanovsky39s Process quotBokanovsky39s Processquot repeated the Director and the students underlined the words in their little notebooks One egg one embryo one adult normality But a bokanovskified egg will bud will proliferate will divide From eight to ninety six buds and every bud will grow into a perfectly formed embryo and every embryo into a full sized adult Making ninety six human beings grow where only one grew before Progress quotEssentiallyquot the DHC concluded quotbokanovskification consists of a series of arrests of development We check the normal growth and paradoxically enough the egg responds by buddingquot Responds by budding The pencils were busy He pointed On a very slowly moving band a rack full of test tubes was entering a large metal box another rack full was emerging Machinery faintly purred It took eight minutes for the tubes to go through he told them Eight minutes of hard X rays being about as much as an egg can stand A few died of the rest the least susceptible divided into two most put out four buds some eight all were returned to the incubators where the buds began to develop then after two days were suddenly chilled chilled and checked Two four eight the buds in their turn budded and having budded were dosed almost to death with alcohol consequently burgeoned again and having budded bud out of bud out of bud were thereafter further arrest being generally fatal left to develop in peace By which time the original egg was in a fair way to becoming anything from eight to ninety six embryos a prodigious improvement you will agree on nature Identical twins but not in piddling twos and threes as in the old viviparous days when an egg would sometimes accidentally divide actually by dozens by scores at a time quotScoresquot the Director repeated and flung out his arms as though he were distributing largesse quotScoresquot But one of the students was fool enough to ask where the advantage lay quotMy good boyquot The Director wheeled sharply round on him quotCan39t you see Can39t you seequot He raised a hand his expression was solemn quotBokanovsky39s Process is one of the major instruments of social stabilityquot Major instruments of social stability Standard men and women in uniform batches The whole of a small factory staffed with the products of a single bokanovskified egg quotNinety six identical twins working ninety six identical machinesquot The voice was almost tremulous with enthusiasm quotYou really know where you are For the first time in historyquot He quoted the planetary motto quotCommunity Identity Stabilityquot Grand words quotIf we could bokanovskify indefinitely the whole problem would be solvedquot Solved by standard Gammas unvarying Deltas uniform Epsilons Millions of identical twins The principle of mass production at last applied to biology quotBut alasquot the Director shook his head quotwe can39t bokanovskify indefinitelyquot Ninety six seemed to be the limit seventy two a good average From the same ovary and with gametes of the same male to manufacture as many batches of identical twins as possible that was the best sadly a second best that they could do And even that was difficult quotFor in nature it takes thirty years for two hundred eggs to reach maturity But our business is to stabilize the population at this moment here and now Dribbling out twins over a quarter of a century what would be the use of thatquot Obviously no use at all But Podsnap39s Technique had immensely accelerated the process of ripening They could make sure of at least a hundred and fifty mature eggs within two years Fertilize and bokanovskify in other words multiply by seventy two and you get an average of nearly eleven thousand brothers and sisters in a hundred and fifty batches of identical twins all within two years of the same age quotAnd in exceptional cases we can make one ovary yield us over fifteen thousand adult individualsquot Beckoning to a fair haired ruddy young man who happened to be passing at the moment quotMr Fosterquot he called The ruddy young man approached quotCan you tell us the record for a single ovary Mr Fosterquot quotSixteen thousand and twelve in this Centrequot Mr Foster replied without hesitation He spoke very quickly had a vivacious blue eye and took an evident pleasure in quoting figures quotSixteen thousand and twelve in one hundred and eighty nine batches of identicals But of course they39ve done much betterquot he rattled on quotin some of the tropical Centres Singapore has often produced over sixteen thousand five hundred and Mombasa has actually touched the seventeen thousand mark But then they have unfair advantages You should see the way a negro ovary responds to pituitary It39s quite astonishing when you39re used to working with European material Stillquot he added with a laugh but the light of combat was in his eyes and the lift of his chin was challenging quotstill we mean to beat them if we can I39m working on a wonderful Delta Minus ovary at this moment Only just eighteen months old Over twelve thousand seven hundred children already either decanted or in embryo And still going strong We39ll beat them yetquot quotThat39s the spirit I likequot cried the Director and clapped Mr Foster on the shoulder quotCome along with us and give these boys the benefit of your expert knowledgequot Mr Foster smiled modestly quotWith pleasurequot They went In the Bottling Room all was harmonious bustle and ordered activity Flaps of fresh sow39s peritoneum ready cut to the proper size came shooting up in little lifts from the Organ Store in the sub basement Whizz and then click the lift hatches hew open the bottle liner had only to reach out a hand take the flap insert smooth down and before the lined bottle had had time to travel out of reach along the endless band whizz click another flap of peritoneum had shot up from the depths ready to be slipped into yet another bottle the next of that slow interminable procession on the band Next to the Liners stood the Matriculators The procession advanced one by one the eggs were transferred from their test tubes to the larger containers deftly the peritoneal lining was slit the morula dropped into place the saline solution poured in and already the bottle had passed and it was the turn of the labellers Heredity date of fertilization membership of Bokanovsky Group details were transferred from test tube to bottle No longer anonymous but named identified the procession marched slowly on on through an opening in the wall slowly on into the Social Predestination Room quotEighty eight cubic metres of card indexquot said Mr Foster with relish as they entered quotContaining all the relevant informationquot added the Director quotBrought up to date every morningquot quotAnd co ordinated every afternoonquot quotOn the basis of which they make their calculationsquot quotSo many individuals of such and such qualityquot said Mr Foster quotDistributed in such and such quantitiesquot quotThe optimum Decanting Rate at any given momentquot quotUnforeseen wastages promptly made goodquot quotPromptlyquot repeated Mr Foster quotIf you knew the amount of overtime I had to put in after the last Japanese earthquakequot He laughed goodhumouredly and shook his head quotThe Predestinators send in their figures to the Fertilizersquot quotWho give them the embryos they ask forquot quotAnd the bottles come in here to be predestined in detailquot quotAfter which they are sent down to the Embryo Storequot quotWhere we now proceed ourselvesquot And opening a door Mr Foster led the way down a staircase into the basement The temperature was still tropical They descended into a thickening twilight Two doors and a passage with a double turn insured the cellar against any possible infiltration of the day quotEmbryos are like photograph filmquot said Mr Foster waggishly as he pushed open the second door quotThey can only stand red lightquot And in effect the sultry darkness into which the students now followed him was visible and crimson like the darkness of closed eyes on a summer39s afternoon The bulging flanks of row on receding row and tier above tier of bottles glinted with innumerable rubies and among the rubies moved the dim red spectres of men and women with purple eyes and all the symptoms of lupus The hum and rattle of machinery faintly stirred the air quotGive them a few figures Mr Foster who was tired of talking said the Director Mr Foster was only too happy to give them a few figures Two hundred and twenty metres long two hundred wide ten high He pointed upwards Like chickens drinking the students lifted their eyes towards the distant ceiling Three tiers of racks ground floor level first gallery second gallery The spidery steel work of gallery above gallery faded away in all directions into the dark Near them three red ghosts were busily unloading demijohns from a moving staircase The escalator from the Social Predestination Room Each bottle could be placed on one of fifteen racks each rack though you couldn39t see it was a conveyor traveling at the rate of thirty three and a third centimetres an hour Two hundred and sixty seven days at eight metres a day Two thousand one hundred and thirty six metres in all One circuit of the cellar at ground level one on the first gallery half on the second and on the two hundred and sixty seventh morning daylight in the Decanting Room Independent existence so called quotBut in the intervalquot Mr Foster concluded quotwe39ve managed to do a lot to them Oh a very great dealquot His laugh was knowing and triumphant quotThat39s the spirit I likequot said the Director once more quotLet39s walk around You tell them everything Mr Fosterquot Mr Foster duly told them Told them of the growing embryo on its bed of peritoneum Made them taste the rich blood surrogate on which it fed Explained why it had to be stimulated with placentin and thyroxin Told them of the corpus Iuteum extract Showed them the jets through which at every twelfth metre from zero to 2040 it was automatically injected Spoke of those gradually increasing doses of pituitary administered during the final ninety six metres of their course Described the artificial maternal circulation installed in every bottle at Metre 112 showed them the reservoir of blood surrogate the centrifugal pump that kept the liquid moving over the placenta and drove it through the synthetic lung and waste product filter Referred to the embryo39s troublesome tendency to anaemia to the massive doses of hog39s stomach extract and foetal foal39s liver with which in consequence it had to be supplied Showed them the simple mechanism by means of which during the last two metres out of every eight all the embryos were simultaneously shaken into familiarity with movement Hinted at the gravity of the so called quottrauma of decantingquot and enumerated the precautions taken to minimize by a suitable training of the bottled embryo that dangerous shock Told them of the test for sex carried out in the neighborhood of Metre 200 Explained the system of labelling a T for the males a circle for the females and for those who were destined to become freemartins a question mark black on a white ground quotFor of coursequot said Mr Foster quotin the vast majority of cases fertility is merely a nuisance One fertile ovary in twelve hundred that would really be quite sufficient for our purposes But we want to have a good choice And of course one must always have an enormous margin of safety So we allow as many as thirty per cent of the female embryos to develop normally The others get a dose of male sex hormone every twenty four metres for the rest of the course Result they39re decanted as freemartins structurally quite normal exceptquot he had to admit quotthat they do have the slightest tendency to grow beards but sterile Guaranteed sterile Which brings us at lastquot continued Mr Foster quotout of the realm of mere slavish imitation of nature into the much more interesting world of human inventionquot He rubbed his hands For of course they didn39t content themselves with merely hatching out embryos any cow could do that quotWe also predestine and condition We decant our babies as socialized human beings as Alphas or Epsilons as future sewage workers or future quot He was going to say quotfuture World controllersquot but correcting himself said quotfuture Directors of Hatcheriesquot instead The DHC acknowledged the compliment with a smile They were passing Metre 320 on Rack 11 A young Beta Minus mechanic was busy with screw driver and spanner on the blood surrogate pump of a passing bottle The hum of the electric motor deepened by fractions of a tone as he turned the nuts Down down A final twist a glance at the revolution counter and he was done He moved two paces down the line and began the same process on the next pump quotReducing the number of revolutions per minutequot Mr Foster explained quotThe surrogate goes round slower therefore passes through the lung at longer intervals therefore gives the embryo less oxygen Nothing like oxygen shortage for keeping an embryo below parquot Again he rubbed his hands quotBut why do you want to keep the embryo below parquot asked an ingenuous student quotAssquot said the Director breaking a long silence quotHasn39t it occurred to you that an Epsilon embryo must have an Epsilon environment as well as an Epsilon heredityquot It evidently hadn39t occurred to him He was covered with confusion quotThe lower the castequot said Mr Foster quotthe shorter the oxygenquot The first organ affected was the brain After that the skeleton At seventy per cent of normal oxygen you got dwarfs At less than seventy eyeless monsters quotWho are no use at allquot concluded Mr Foster Whereas his voice became confidential and eager if they could discover a technique for shortening the period of maturation what a triumph what a benefaction to Society quotConsider the horsequot They considered it Mature at six the elephant at ten While at thirteen a man is not yet sexually mature and is only full grown at twenty Hence of course that fruit of delayed development the human intelligence quotBut in Epsilonsquot said Mr Foster very justly quotwe don39t need human intelligencequot Didn39t need and didn39t get it But though the Epsilon mind was mature at ten the Epsilon body was not fit to work till eighteen Long years of superfluous and wasted immaturity If the physical development could be speeded up till it was as quick say as a cow39s what an enormous saving to the Community quotEnormousquot murmured the students Mr Foster39s enthusiasm was infectious He became rather technical spoke of the abnormal endocrine co ordination which made men grow so slowly postulated a germinal mutation to account for it Could the effects of this germinal mutation be undone Could the individual Epsilon embryo be made a revert by a suitable technique to the normality of dogs and cows That was the problem And it was all but solved Pilkington at Mombasa had produced individuals who were sexually mature at four and full grown at six and a half A scientific triumph But socially useless Six year old men and women were too stupid to do even Epsilon work And the process was an all or nothing one either you failed to modify at all or else you modified the whole way They were still trying to find the ideal compromise between adults of twenty and adults of six So far without success Mr Foster sighed and shook his head Their wanderings through the crimson twilight had brought them to the neighborhood of Metre 170 on Rack 9 From this point onwards Rack 9 was enclosed and the bottle performed the remainder of theirjourney in a kind of tunnel interrupted here and there by openings two or three metres wide quotHeat conditioningquot said Mr Foster Hot tunnels alternated with cool tunnels Coolness was wedded to discomfort in the form of hard X rays By the time they were decanted the embryos had a horror of cold They were predestined to emigrate to the tropics to be miner and acetate silk spinners and steel workers Later on their minds would be made to endorse the judgment of their bodies quotWe condition them to thrive on heatquot concluded Mr Foster quotOur colleagues upstairs will teach them to love itquot quotAnd thatquot put in the Director sententiously quotthat is the secret of happiness and virtue liking what you39ve got to do All conditioning aims at that making people like their unescapable social destinyquot In a gap between two tunnels a nurse was delicately probing with a long fine syringe into the gelatinous contents of a passing bottle The students and their guides stood watching her for a few moments in silence quotWell Leninaquot said Mr Foster when at last she withdrew the syringe and straightened herself up The girl turned with a start One could see that for all the lupus and the purple eyes she was uncommonly pretty quotHenryquot Her smile flashed redly at him a row of coral teeth quotCharming charmingquot murmured the Director and giving her two or three little pats received in exchange a rather deferential smile for himself quotWhat are you giving themquot asked Mr Foster making his tone very professional quotOh the usual typhoid and sleeping sicknessquot quotTropical workers start being inoculated at Metre 150quot Mr Foster explained to the students quotThe embryos still have gills We immunize the fish against the future man39s diseasesquot Then turning back to Lenina quotTen to five on the roof this afternoonquot he said quotas usualquot quotCharmingquot said the Director once more and with a final pat moved away after the others On Rack 10 rows of next generation39s chemical workers were being trained in the toleration of lead caustic soda tar chlorine The first of a batch of two hundred and fifty embryonic rocket plane engineers was just passing the eleven hundred metre mark on Rack 3 A special mechanism kept their containers in constant rotation quotTo improve their sense of balancequot Mr Foster explained quotDoing repairs on the outside of a rocket in mid air is a ticklish job We slacken off the circulation when they39re right way up so that they39re half starved and double the flow of surrogate when they39re upside down They learn to associate topsy turvydom with well being in fact they39re only truly happy when they39re standing on their heads quotAnd nowquot Mr Foster went on quotI39d like to show you some very interesting conditioning for Alpha Plus Intellectuals We have a big batch of them on Rack 5 First Gallery levelquot he called to two boys who had started to go down to the ground floor quotThey39re round about Metre 900quot he explained quotYou can39t really do any useful intellectual conditioning till the foetuses have lost their tails Follow mequot But the Director had looked at his watch quotTen to threequot he said quotNo time for the intellectual embryos I39m afraid We must go up to the Nurseries before the children have finished their afternoon sleepquot Mr Foster was disappointed quotAt least one glance at the Decanting Roomquot he pleaded quotVery well thenquot The Director smiled indulgently quotJust one glancequot Chapter Two MR FOSTER was left in the Decanting Room The DHC and his students stepped into the nearest lift and were carried up to the fifth floor INFANT NURSERIES NEO PAVLOVIAN CONDITIONING ROOMS announced the notice board The Director opened a door They were in a large bare room very bright and sunny for the whole of the southern wall was a single window Half a dozen nurses trousered and jacketed in the regulation white viscose linen uniform their hair aseptically hidden under white caps were engaged in setting out bowls of roses in a long row across the floor Big bowls packed tight with blossom Thousands of petals ripe blown and silkily smooth like the cheeks of innumerable little cherubs but of cherubs in that bright light not exclusively pink and Aryan but also luminously Chinese also Mexican also apoplectic with too much blowing of celestial trumpets also pale as death pale with the posthumous whiteness of marble The nurses stiffened to attention as the DHC came in quotSet out the booksquot he said curtly In silence the nurses obeyed his command Between the rose bowls the books were duly set out a row of nursery quartos opened invitingly each at some gaily coloured image of beast or fish or bird quotNow bring in the childrenquot They hurried out of the room and returned in a minute or two each pushing a kind of tall dumb waiter laden on all its four wire netted shelves with eight month old babies all exactly alike a Bokanovsky Group it was evident and all since their caste was Delta dressed in khaki quotPut them down on the floorquot The infants were unloaded quotNow turn them so that they can see the flowers and booksquot Turned the babies at once fell silent then began to crawl towards those clusters of sleek colours those shapes so gay and brilliant on the white pages As they approached the sun came out of a momentary eclipse behind a cloud The roses flamed up as though with a sudden passion from within a new and profound significance seemed to suffuse the shining pages of the books From the ranks of the crawling babies came little squeals of excitement gurgles and twitterings of pleasure The Director rubbed his hands quotExcellentquot he said quotIt might almost have been done on purposequot The swiftest crawlers were already at their goal Small hands reached out uncertainly touched grasped unpetaling the transfigured roses crumpling the illuminated pages of the books The Director waited until all were happily busy Then quotWatch carefullyquot he said And lifting his hand he gave the signal The Head Nurse who was standing by a switchboard at the other end of the room pressed down a little lever There was a violent explosion Shriller and ever shriller a siren shrieked Alarm bells maddeningly sounded The children started screamed their faces were distorted with terror quotAnd nowquot the Director shouted for the noise was deafening quotnow we proceed to rub in the lesson with a mild electric shockquot He waved his hand again and the Head Nurse pressed a second lever The screaming of the babies suddenly changed its tone There was something desperate almost insane about the sharp spasmodic yelps to which they now gave utterance Their little bodies twitched and stiffened their limbs moved jerkin as if to the tug of unseen wires quotWe can electrify that whole strip of floorquot bawled the Director in explanation quotBut that39s enoughquot he signalled to the nurse The explosions ceased the bells stopped ringing the shriek of the siren died down from tone to tone into silence The stiffly twitching bodies relaxed and what had become the sob and yelp of infant maniacs broadened out once more into a normal howl of ordinary terror quotOffer them the flowers and the books againquot The nurses obeyed but at the approach of the roses at the mere sight of those gaily coloured images of pussy and cock a doodle doo and baa baa black sheep the infants shrank away in horror the volume of their howling suddenly increased quotObservequot said the Director triumphantly quotobservequot Books and loud noises flowers and electric shocks already in the infant mind these couples were compromisingly linked and after two hundred repetitions of the same or a similar lesson would be wedded indissolubly What man has joined nature is powerless to put asunder quotThey39ll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an 39instinctive39 hatred of books and flowers Reflexes unalterably conditioned They39ll be safe from books and botany all their livesquot The Director turned to his nurses quotTake them away againquot Still yelling the khaki babies were loaded on to their dumb waiters and wheeled out leaving behind them the smell of sour milk and a most welcome silence One of the students held up his hand and though he could see quite well why you couldn39t have lower cast people wasting the Community39s time over books and that there was always the risk of their reading something which might undesirably decondition one of their reflexes yet well he couldn39t understand about the flowers Why go to the trouble of making it psychologically impossible for Deltas to like flowers Patiently the DHC explained If the children were made to scream at the sight of a rose that was on grounds of high economic policy Not so very long ago a century or thereabouts Gammas Deltas even Epsilons had been conditioned to like flowers flowers in particular and wild nature in general The idea was to make them want to be going out into the country at every available opportunity and so compel them to consume transport quotAnd didn39t they consume transportquot asked the student quotQuite a lotquot the DHC replied quotBut nothing elsequot Primroses and landscapes he pointed out have one grave defect they are gratuitous A love of nature keeps no factories busy It was decided to abolish the love of nature at any rate among the lower classes to abolish the love of nature but not the tendency to consume transport For of course it was essential that they should keep on going to the country even though they hated it The problem was to find an economically sounder reason for consuming transport than a mere affection for primroses and landscapes It was duly found quotWe condition the masses to hate the countryquot concluded the Director quotBut simultaneously we condition them to love all country sports At the same time we see to it that all country sports shall entail the use of elaborate apparatus So that they consume manufactured articles as well as transport Hence those electric shocksquot quotI seequot said the student and was silent lost in admiration There was a silence then clearing his throat quotOnce upon a timequot the Director began quotwhile our Ford was still on earth there was a little boy called Reuben Rabinovitch Reuben was the child of Polish speaking parentsquot The Director interrupted himself quotYou know what Polish is I supposequot quotA dead languagequot quotLike French and Germanquot added another student officiously showing off his learning quotAnd 39parent39quot questioned the DHC There was an uneasy silence Several of the boys blushed They had not yet learned to draw the significant but often very fine distinction between smut and pure science One at last had the courage to raise a hand quotHuman beings used to be quot he hesitated the blood rushed to his cheeks quotWell they used to be viviparousquot quotQuite rightquot The Director nodded approvingly quotAnd when the babies were decanted quot quot39Born came the correction quotWell then they were the parents I mean not the babies of course the other onesquot The poor boy was overwhelmed with confusion quotIn briefquot the Director summed up quotthe parents were the father and the motherquot The smut that was really science fell with a crash into the boys39 eye avoiding silence quotMotherquot he repeated loudly rubbing in the science and leaning back in his chair quotThesequot he said gravely quotare unpleasant facts I know it But then most historical facts are unpleasantquot He returned to Little Reuben to Little Reuben in whose room one evening by an oversight his father and mother crash crash happened to leave the radio turned on quotFor you must remember that in those days of gross viviparous reproduction children were always brought up by their parents and not in State Conditioning Centresquot While the child was asleep a broadcast programme from London suddenly started to come through and the next morning to the astonishment of his crash and crash the more daring of the boys ventured to grin at one another Little Reuben woke up repeating word for word a long lecture by that curious old writer quotone of the very few whose works have been permitted to come down to usquot George Bernard Shaw who was speaking according to a well authenticated tradition about his own genius To Little Reuben39s wink and snigger this lecture was of course perfectly incomprehensible and imagining that their child had suddenly gone mad they sent for a doctor He fortunately understood English recognized the discourse as that which Shaw had broadcasted the previous evening realized the significance of what had happened and sent a letter to the medical press about it quotThe principle of sleep teaching or hypnopaedia had been discoveredquot The DHC made an impressive pause The principle had been discovered but many many years were to elapse before that principle was usefully applied quotThe case of Little Reuben occurred only twenty three years after Our Ford39s first T Model was put on the marketquot Here the Director made a sign of the T on his stomach and all the students reverently followed suit quotAnd yet quot Furiously the students scribbled quotHypnopaedia rst used of cially in AF 214 Why not before Two reasons a quotThese early experimentersquot the DHC was saying quotwere on the wrong track They thought that hypnopaedia could be made an instrument of intellectual education quot A small boy asleep on his right side the right arm stuck out the right hand hanging limp over the edge of the bed Through a round grating in the side of a box a voice speaks softly quotThe Nile is the longest river in Africa and the second in length of all the rivers of the globe Although falling short of the length of the Mississippi Missouri the Nile is at the head of all rivers as regards the length of its basin which extends through 35 degrees of latitude quot At breakfast the next morning quotTommyquot some one says quotdo you know which is the longest river in Africaquot A shaking of the head quotBut don39t you remember something that begins The Nile is the quot quotThe Nile is the longest river in Africa and the second in length of all the rivers of the globe quot The words come rushing out quotAlthough falling short of quot quotWell now which is the longest river in Africaquot The eyes are blank quotI don39t knowquot quotBut the Nile Tommyquot quotThe Nile is the longest river in Africa and second quot quotThen which river is the longest Tommyquot Tommy burst into tears quotI don39t knowquot he howls That howl the Director made it plain discouraged the earliest investigators The experiments were abandoned No further attempt was made to teach children the length of the Nile in their sleep Quite rightly You can39t learn a science unless you know what it39s all about quotWhereas if they39d only started on moral educationquot said the Director leading the way towards the door The students followed him desperately scribbling as they walked and all the way up in the lift quotMoral education which ought never in any circumstances to be rationalquot quotSilence silencequot whispered a loud speaker as they stepped out at the fourteenth floor and quotSilence silencequot the trumpet mouths indefatigably repeated at intervals down every corridor The students and even the Director himself rose automatically to the tips of their toes They were Alphas of course but even Alphas have been well conditioned quotSilence silencequot All the air of the fourteenth floor was sibilant with the categorical imperative Fifty yards of tiptoeing brought them to a door which the Director cautiously opened They stepped over the threshold into the twilight of a shuttered dormitory Eighty cots stood in a row against the wall There was a sound of light regular breathing and a continuous murmur as of very faint voices remotely whispering A nurse rose as they entered and came to attention before the Director quotWhat39s the lesson this afternoonquot he asked quotWe had Elementary Sex for the first forty minutesquot she answered quotBut now it39s switched over to Elementary Class Consciousnessquot The Director walked slowly down the long line of cots Rosy and relaxed with sleep eighty little boys and girls lay softly breathing There was a whisper under every pillow The DHC halted and bending over one of the little beds listened attentively quotElementary Class Consciousness did you say Let39s have it repeated a little louder by the trumpetquot At the end of the room a loud speaker projected from the wall The Director walked up to it and pressed a switch all wear green said a soft but very distinct voice beginning in the middle of a sentence quotand Delta Children wear khaki Oh no I don39t want to play with Delta children And Epsilons are still worse They39re too stupid to be able to read or write Besides they wear black which is such a beastly colour I39m so glad I39m a Betaquot There was a pause then the voice began again quotAlpha children wear grey They work much harder than we do because they39re so frightfully clever I39m really awfuly glad I39m a Beta because I don39t work so hard And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas Gammas are stupid They all wear green and Delta children wear khaki Oh no I don39t want to play with Delta children And Epsilons are still worse They39re too stupid to be able quot The Director pushed back the switch The voice was silent Only its thin ghost continued to mutter from beneath the eighty pillows quotThey39ll have that repeated forty or fifty times more before they wake then again on Thursday and again on Saturday A hundred and twenty times three times a week for thirty months After which they go on to a more advanced lessonquot Roses and electric shocks the khaki of Deltas and a whiff of asafoetida wedded indissolubly before the child can speak But wordless conditioning is crude and wholesale cannot bring home the finer distinctions cannot inculcate the more complex courses of behaviour For that there must be words but words without reason In brief hypnopaedia quotThe greatest moralizing and socializing force of all timequot The students took it down in their little books Straight from the horse39s mouth Once more the Director touched the switch quot so frightfully cleverquot the soft insinuating indefatigable voice was saying quotI39m really awfully glad I39m a Beta because quot Not so much like drops of water though water it is true can wear holes in the hardest granite rather drops of liquid sealing wax drops that adhere incrust incorporate themselves with what they fall on till finally the rock is all one scarlet blob quotTill at last the child39s mind is these suggestions and the sum of the suggestions is the child39s mind And not the child39s mind only The adult39s mind too all his life long The mind that judges and desires and decides made up of these suggestions But all these suggestions are our suggestionsquot The Director almost shouted in his triumph quotSuggestions from the Statequot He banged the nearest table quotIt therefore follows quot A noise made him turn round quotOh Fordquot he said in another tone quotI39ve gone and woken the childrenquot Chapter Three OUTSIDE in the garden it was playtime Naked in the warm June sunshine six or seven hundred little boys and girls were running with shrill yells over the lawns or playing ball games or squatting silently in twos and threes among the flowering shrubs The roses were in bloom two nightingales soliloquized in the boskage a cuckoo was just going out of tune among the lime trees The air was drowsy with the murmur of bees and helicopters The Director and his students stood for a short time watching a game of Centrifugal Bumble puppy Twenty children were grouped in a circle round a chrome steel tower A ball thrown up so as to land on the platform at the top of the tower rolled down into the interior fell on a rapidly revolving disk was hurled through one or other of the numerous apertures pierced in the cylindrical casing and had to be caught quotStrangequot mused the Director as they turned away quotstrange to think that even in Our Ford39s day most games were played without more apparatus than a ball or two and a few sticks and perhaps a bit of netting imagine the folly of allowing people to play elaborate games which do nothing whatever to increase consumption It39s madness Nowadays the Controllers won39t approve of any new game unless it can be shown that it requires at least as much apparatus as the most complicated of existing gamesquot He interrupted himself quotThat39s a charming little groupquot he said pointing In a little grassy bay between tall clumps of Mediterranean heather two children a little boy of about seven and a little girl who might have been a year older were playing very gravely and with all the focussed attention of scientists intent on a labour of discovery a rudimentary sexual game quotCharming charmingquot the DHC repeated sentimentally quotCharmingquot the boys politely agreed But their smile was rather patronizing They had put aside similar childish amusements too recently to be able to watch them now without a touch of contempt Charming but it was just a pair of kids fooling about that was all Just kids quotI always thinkquot the Director was continuing in the same rather maudlin tone when he was interrupted by a loud boo hooing From a neighbouring shrubbery emerged a nurse leading by the hand a small boy who howled as he went An anxious looking little girl trotted at her heels quotWhat39s the matterquot asked the Director The nurse shrugged her shoulders quotNothing muchquot she answered quotIt39s just that this little boy seems rather reluctant to join in the ordinary erotic play I39d noticed it once or twice before And now again to day He started yelling just now quot quotHonestlyquot put in the anxious looking little girl quotI didn39t mean to hurt him or anything Honestlyquot quotOf course you didn39t dearquot said the nurse reassuringly quotAnd soquot she went on turning back to the Director quotI39m taking him in to see the Assistant Superintendent of Psychology Just to see if anything39s at all abnormalquot quotQuite rightquot said the Director quotTake him in You stay here little girlquot he added as the nurse moved away with her still howling charge quotWhat39s your namequot quotPolly Trots kyquot quotAnd a very good name tooquot said the Director quotRun away now and see if you can find some other little boy to play withquot The child scampered off into the bushes and was lost to sight quotExquisite little creaturequot said the Director looking after her Then turning to his students quotWhat I39m going to tell you nowquot he said quotmay sound incredible But then when you39re not accustomed to history most facts about the past do sound incrediblequot He let out the amazing truth For a very long period before the time of Our Ford and even for some generations afterwards erotic play between children had been regarded as abnormal there was a roar of laughter and not only abnormal actually immoral no and had therefore been rigorously suppressed A look of astonished incredulity appeared on the faces of his listeners Poor little kids not allowed to amuse themselves They could not believe it quotEven adolescentsquot the DHC was saying quoteven adolescents like yourselves quot quotNot possiblequot quotBarring a little surreptitious auto erotism and homosexuality absolutely nothingquot quotNothingquot quotIn most cases till they were over twenty years oldquot quotTwenty years oldquot echoed the students in a chorus of loud disbelief quotTwentyquot the Director repeated quotI told you that you39d find it incrediblequot quotBut what happenedquot they asked quotWhat were the resultsquot quotThe results were terriblequot A deep resonant voice broke startlingly into the dialogue They looked around On the fringe of the little group stood a stranger a man of middle height black haired with a hooked nose full red lips eyes very piercing and dark quotTerriblequot he repeated The DHC had at that moment sat down on one of the steel and rubber benches conveniently scattered through the gardens but at the sight of the stranger he sprang to his feet and darted forward his hand outstretched smiling with all his teeth effusive quotController What an unexpected pleasure Boys what are you thinking of This is the Controller this is his fordship Mustapha Mondquot In the four thousand rooms of the Centre the four thousand electric clocks simultaneously struck four Discarnate voices called from the trumpet mouths quotMain Day shift off duty Second Day shift take over Main Day shift off quot In the lift on their way up to the changing rooms Henry Foster and the Assistant Director of Predestination rather pointedly turned their backs on Bernard Marx from the Psychology Bureau averted themselves from that unsavoury reputation The faint hum and rattle of machinery still stirred the crimson air in the Embryo Store Shifts might come and go one lupus coloured face give place to another majestically and for ever the conveyors crept forward with their load of future men and women Lenina Crowne walked briskly towards the door His fordship Mustapha Mond The eyes of the saluting students almost popped out of their heads Mustapha Mond The Resident Controller for Western Europe One of the Ten World Controllers One of the Ten and he sat down on the bench with the DHC he was going to stay to stay yes and actually talk to them straight from the horse39s mouth Straight from the mouth of Ford himself Two shrimp brown children emerged from a neighbouring shrubbery stared at them for a moment with large astonished eyes then returned to their amusements among the leaves quotYou all rememberquot said the Controller in his strong deep voice quotyou all remember I suppose that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford39s History is bunk Historyquot he repeated slowly quotis bunkquot He waved his hand and it was as though with an invisible feather wisk he had brushed away a little dust and the dust was Harappa was Ur of the Chaldees some spider webs and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae Whisk Whisk and where was Odysseus where was Job where were Jupiter and Gotama and Jesus Whisk and those specks of antique dirt called Athens and Rome Jerusalem and the Middle Kingdom all were gone Whisk the place where Italy had been was empty Whisk the cathedrals whisk whisk King Lear and the Thoughts of Pascal Whisk Passion whisk Requiem whisk Symphony whisk quotGoing to the Feelies this evening Henryquot enquired the Assistant Predestinator quotI hear the new one at the Alhambra is first rate There39s a love scene on a bearskin rug they say it39s marvellous Every hair of the bear reproduced The most amazing tactual effectsquot quotThat39s why you39re taught no historyquot the Controller was saying quotBut now the time has come quot The DHC looked at him nervously There were those strange rumours of old forbidden books hidden in a safe in the Controller39s study Bibles poetry Ford knew what Mustapha Mond intercepted his anxious glance and the corners of his red lips twitched ironically quotIt39s all right Directorquot he said in a tone of faint derision quotI won39t corrupt themquot The DHC was overwhelmed with confusion Those who feel themselves despised do well to look despising The smile on Bernard Marx39s face was contemptuous Every hair on the bear indeed quotI shall make a point of goingquot said Henry Foster Mustapha Mond leaned forward shook a finger at them quotJust try to realize itquot he said and his voice sent a strange thrill quivering along their diaphragms quotTry to realize what it was like to have a viviparous motherquot That smutty word again But none of them dreamed this time of smiling quotTry to imagine what 39living with one39s family39 meantquot They tried but obviously without the smallest success quotAnd do you know what a 39home39 wasquot They shook their heads From her dim crimson cellar Lenina Crowne shot up seventeen stories turned to the right as she stepped out of the lift walked down a long corridor and opening the door marked GIRLS39 DRESSING ROOM plunged into a deafening chaos of arms and bosoms and underclothing Torrents of hot water were splashing into or gurgling out of a hundred baths Rumbling and hissing eighty vibro vacuum massage machines were simultaneously kneading and sucking the firm and sunburnt flesh of eighty superb female specimens Every one was talking at the top of her voice A Synthetic Music machine was warbling out a super cornet solo quotHullo Fannyquot said Lenina to the young woman who had the pegs and locker next to hers Fanny worked in the Bottling Room and her surname was also Crowne But as the two thousand million inhabitants of the plant had only ten thousand names between them the coincidence was not particularly surprising Lenina pulled at her zippers downwards on the jacket downwards with a double handed gesture at the two that held trousers downwards again to loosen her undergarment Still wearing her shoes and stockings she walked off towards the bathrooms Home home a few small rooms stiflingly over inhabited by a man by a periodically teeming woman by a rabble of boys and girls of all ages No air no space an understerilized prison darkness disease and smells The Controller39s evocation was so vivid that one of the boys more sensitive than the rest turned pale at the mere description and was on the point of being sick Lenina got out of the bath toweled herself dry took hold of a long flexible tube plugged into the wall presented the nozzle to her breast as though she meant to commit suicide pressed down the trigger A blast of warmed air dusted her with the finest talcum powder Eight different scents and eau de Cologne were laid on in little taps over the wash basin She turned on the third from the left dabbed herself with chypre and carrying her shoes and stockings in her hand went out to see if one of the vibro vacuum machines were free And home was as squalid psychically as physically Psychically it was a rabbit hole a midden hot with the frictions of tightly packed life reeking with emotion What suffocating intimacies what dangerous insane obscene relationships between the members of the family group Maniacally the mother brooded over her children her children brooded over them like a cat over its kittens but a cat that could talk a cat that could say quotMy baby my babyquot over and over again quotMy baby and oh oh at my breast the little hands the hunger and that unspeakable agonizing pleasure Till at last my baby sleeps my baby sleeps with a bubble of white milk at the corner of his mouth My little baby sleeps quot quotYesquot said Mustapha Mond nodding his head quotyou may well shudderquot quotWho are you going out with to nightquot Lenina asked returning from the vibro vac like a pearl illuminated from within pinkly glowing quotNobodyquot Lenina raised her eyebrows in astonishment quotI39ve been feeling rather out of sorts latelyquot Fanny explained quotDr Wells advised me to have a Pregnancy Substitutequot quotBut my dear you39re only nineteen The first Pregnancy Substitute isn39t compulsory till twenty onequot quotI know dear But some people are better if they begin earlier Dr Wells told me that brunettes with wide pelvises like me ought to have their first Pregnancy Substitute at seventeen So I39m really two years late not two years earlyquot She opened the door of her locker and pointed to the row of boxes and labelled phials on the upper shelf quotSYRUP OF CORPUS LUTEUMquot Lenina read the names aloud quotOVARIN GUARANTEED FRESH NOT TO BE USED AFTER AUGUST 1ST AF 632 MAMMARY GLAND EXTRACT TO BE TAKEN THREE TIMES DAILY BEFORE MEALS WITH A LITTLE WATER PLACENTIN 5cc TO BE INJECTED INTRAVENALLY EVERY THIRD DAY Ughquot Lenina shuddered quotHow I loathe intravenals don39t youquot quotYes But when they do one good quot particularly sensible girl Fanny was a Our Ford or Our Freud as for some inscrutable reason he chose to call himself whenever he spoke of psychological matters Our Freud had been the first to reveal the appalling dangers of family life The world was full of fathers was therefore full of misery full of mothers therefore of every kind of perversion from sadism to chastity full of brothers sisters uncles aunts full of madness and suicide quotAnd yet among the savages of Samoa in certain islands off the coast of New Guinea quot The tropical sunshine lay like warm honey on the naked bodies of children tumbling promiscuously among the hibiscus blossoms Home was in any one of twenty palm thatched houses In the Trobriands conception was the work of ancestral ghosts nobody had ever heard of a father quotExtremesquot said the Controller quotmeet For the good reason that they were made to meetquot quotDr Wells says that a three months39 Pregnancy Substitute now will make all the difference to my health for the next three or four yearsquot quotWell I hope he39s rightquot said Lenina quotBut Fanny do you really mean to say that for the next three months you39re not supposed to quot quotOh no dear Only for a week or two that39s all I shall spend the evening at the Club playing Musical Bridge I suppose you39re going outquot Lenina nodded quotWho withquot quotHenry Fosterquot quotAgainquot Fanny39s kind rather moon like face took on an incongruous expression of pained and disapproving astonishment quotDo you mean to tell me you39re still going out with Henry Fosterquot Mothers and fathers brothers and sisters But there were also husbands wives lovers There were also monogamy and romance quotThough you probably don39t know what those arequot said Mustapha Mond They shook their heads Family monogamy romance Everywhere exclusiveness a narrow channelling of impulse and energy quotBut every one belongs to every one elsequot he concluded citing the hypnopaedic proverb The students nodded emphatically agreeing with a statement which upwards of sixty two thousand repetitions in the dark had made them accept not merely as true but as axiomatic self evident utterly indisputable quotBut after allquot Lenina was protesting quotit39s only about four months now since I39ve been having Henryquot quotOnly four months I like that And what39s morequot Fanny went on pointing an accusing finger quotthere39s been nobody else except Henry all that time Has therequot Lenina blushed scarlet but her eyes the tone of her voice remained defiant quotNo there hasn39t been any one elsequot she answered almost truculently quotAnd Ijolly well don39t see why there should have beenquot quotOh she jolly well doesn39t see why there should have beenquot Fanny repeated as though to an invisible listener behind Lenina39s left shoulder Then with a sudden change of tone quotBut seriouslyquot she said quotI really do think you ought to be careful It39s such horribly bad form to go on and on like this with one man At forty or thirty five it wouldn39t be so bad But at your age Lenina No it really won39t do And you know how strongly the DHC objects to anything intense or long drawn Four months of Henry Foster without having another man why he39d be furious if he knew quot quotThink of water under pressure in a pipequot They thought of it quotI pierce it oncequot said the Controller quotWhat a jetquot He pierced it twenty times There were twenty piddling little fountains quotMy baby My baby quot quotMotherquot The madness is infectious quotMy love my one and only precious precious quot Mother monogamy romance High spurts the fountain fierce and foamy the wild jet The urge has but a single outlet My love my baby No wonder these poor pre moderns were mad and wicked and miserable Their world didn39t allow them to take things easily didn39t allow them to be sane virtuous happy What with mothers and lovers what with the prohibitions they were not conditioned to obey what with the temptations and the lonely remorses what with all the diseases and the endless isolating pain what with the uncertainties and the poverty they were forced to feel strongly And feeling strongly and strongly what was more in solitude in hopelessly individual isolation how could they be stable quotOf course there39s no need to give him up Have somebody else from time to time that39s all He has other girls doesn39t hequot Lenina admitted it quotOf course he does Trust Henry Foster to be the perfect gentleman always correct And then there39s the Director to think of You know what a stickler quot Nodding quotHe patted me on the behind this afternoonquot said Lenina quotThere you seequot Fanny was triumphant quotThat shows what he stands for The strictest conventionalityquot quotStabilityquot said the Controller quotstability No civilization without social stability No social stability without individual stabilityquot His voice was a trumpet Listening they felt larger warmer The machine turns turns and must keep on turning for ever It is death if it stands still A thousand millions scrabbled the crust of the earth The wheels began to turn In a hundred and fifty years there were two thousand millions Stop all the wheels In a hundred and fifty weeks there are once more only a thousand millions a thousand thousand thousand men and women have starved to death Wheels must turn steadily but cannot turn untended There must be men to tend them men as steady as the wheels upon their axles sane men obedient men stable in contentment Crying My baby my mother my only only love groaning My sin my terrible God screaming with pain muttering with fever bemoaning old age and poverty how can they tend the wheels And if they cannot tend the wheels The corpses of a thousand thousand thousand men and women would be hard to bury or burn quotAnd after allquot Fanny39s tone was coaxing quotit39s not as though there were anything painful or disagreeable about having one or two men besides Henry And seeing that you ought to be a little more promiscuous quot quotStabilityquot insisted the Controller quotstability The primal and the ultimate need Stability Hence all thisquot With a wave of his hand he indicated the gardens the huge building of the Conditioning Centre the naked children furtive in the undergrowth or running across the lawns Lenina shook her head quotSomehowquot she mused quotI hadn39t been feeling very keen on promiscuity lately There are times when one doesn39t Haven39t you found that too Fannyquot Fanny nodded her sympathy and understanding quotBut one39s got to make the effortquot she said sententiously quotone39s got to play the game After all every one belongs to every one elsequot quotYes every one belongs to every one elsequot Lenina repeated slowly and sighing was silent for a moment then taking Fanny39s hand gave it a little squeeze quotYou39re quite right Fanny As usual I39ll make the effortquot Impulse arrested spills over and the flood is feeling the flood is passion the flood is even madness it depends on the force of the current the height and strength of the barrier The unchecked stream flows smoothly down its appointed channels into a calm well being The embryo is hungry day in day out the blood surrogate pump unceasingly turns its eight hundred revolutions a minute The decanted infant howls at once a nurse appears with a bottle of external secretion Feeling lurks in that interval of time between desire and its consummation Shorten that interval break down all those old unnecessary barriers quotFortunate boysquot said the Controller quotNo pains have been spared to make your lives emotionally easy to preserve you so far as that is possible from having emotions at allquot quotFord39s in his flivverquot murmured the DHC quotAll39s well with the worldquot quotLenina Crownequot said Henry Foster echoing the Assistant Predestinator39s question as he zipped up his trousers quotOh she39s a splendid girl Wonderfully pneumatic I39m surprised you haven39t had herquot quotI can39t think how it is I haven39tquot said the Assistant Predestinator quotI certainly will At the first opportunityquot From his place on the opposite side of the changing room aisle Bernard Marx overheard what they were saying and turned pale quotAnd to tell the truthquot said Lenina quotI39m beginning to get just a tiny bit bored with nothing but Henry every dayquot She pulled on her left stocking quotDo you know Bernard Marxquot she asked in a tone whose excessive casualness was evidently forced Fanny looked startled quotYou don39t mean to say 39 quotWhy not Bernard39s an Alpha Plus Besides he asked me to go to one of the Savage Reservations with him I39ve always wanted to see a Savage Reservationquot quotBut his reputationquot quotWhat do I care about his reputationquot quotThey say he doesn39t like Obstacle Golfquot quotThey say they sayquot mocked Lenina quotAnd then he spends most of his time by himself alonequot There was horror in Fanny39s voice quotWell he won39t be alone when he39s with me And anyhow why are people so beastly to him I think he39s rather sweetquot She smiled to herself how absurdly shy he had been Frightened almost as though she were a World Controller and he a Gamma Minus machine minder quotConsider your own livesquot said Mustapha Mond quotHas any of you ever encountered an insurmountable obstaclequot The question was answered by a negative silence quotHas any of you been compelled to live through a long time interval between the consciousness of a desire and its fufilmentquot quotWellquot began one of the boys and hesitated quotSpeak upquot said the DHC quotDon39t keep his fordship waitingquot quotI once had to wait nearly four weeks before a girl I wanted would let me have herquot quotAnd you felt a strong emotion in consequencequot quotHorriblequot quotHorrible preciselyquot said the Controller quotOur ancestors were so stupid and short sighted that when the first reformers came along and offered to deliver them from those horrible emotions they wouldn39t have anything to do with themquot quotTalking about her as though she were a bit of meatquot Bernard ground his teeth quotHave her here have her therequot Like mutton Degrading her to so much mutton She said she39d think it over she said she39d give me an answer this week Oh Ford Ford Fordquot He would have liked to go up to them and hit them in the face hard again and again quotYes I really do advise you to try herquot Henry Foster was saying quotTake Ectogenesis Pfitzner and Kawaguchi had got the whole technique worked out But would the Governments look at it No There was something called Christianity Women were forced to go on being viviparousquot quotHe39s so uglyquot said Fanny quotBut I rather like his looksquot quotAnd then so smallquot Fanny made a grimace smallness was so horribly and typically low caste quotI think that39s rather sweetquot said Lenina quotOne feels one would like to pet him You know Like a catquot Fanny was shocked quotThey say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the bottle thought he was a Gamma and put alcohol into his blood surrogate That39s why he39s so stuntedquot quotWhat nonsensequot Lenina was indignant quotSleep teaching was actually prohibited in England There was something called liberalism Parliament if you know what that was passed a law against it The records survive Speeches about liberty of the subject Liberty to be inefficient and miserable Freedom to be a round peg in a square holequot quotBut my dear chap you39re welcome I assure you You39re welcomequot Henry Foster patted the Assistant Predestinator on the shoulder quotEvery one belongs to every one else after allquot One hundred repetitions three nights a week for four years thought Bernard Marx who was a specialist on hypnopaedia Sixty two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth Idiots quotOr the Caste System Constantly proposed constantly rejected There was something called democracy As though men were more than physico chemically equalquot quotWell all I can say is that I39m going to accept his invitationquot Bernard hated them hated them But they were two they were large they were strong quotThe Nine Years39 War began in AF 141quot quotNot even if it were true about the alcohol in his blood surrogatequot quotPhosgene chloropicrin ethyl iodoacetate diphenylcyanarsine trichlormethyl chloroformate dichlorethyl sulphide Not to mention hydrocyanic acidquot quotWhich I simply don39t believequot Lenina concluded quotThe noise of fourteen thousand aeroplanes advancing in open order But in the Kurfurstendamm and the Eighth Arrondissement the explosion of the anthrax bombs is hardly louder than the popping of a paper bagquot quotBecause I do want to see a Savage Reservationquot Ch3C6H2N023HgCNO2well what An enormous hole in the ground a pile of masonry some bits of flesh and mucus a foot with the boot still on it flying through the air and landing flop in the middle of the geraniums the scarlet ones such a splendid show that summer quotYou39re hopeless Lenina I give you upquot quotThe Russian technique for infecting water supplies was particularly ingeniousquot Back turned to back Fanny and Lenina continued their changing in silence quotThe Nine Years39 War the great Economic Collapse There was a choice between World Control and destruction Between stability and quot quotFanny Crowne39s a nice girl tooquot said the Assistant Predestinator In the nurseries the Elementary Class Consciousness lesson was over the voices were adapting future demand to future industrial supply quotI do love flyingquot they whispered quotI do love flying I do love having new clothes I do love quot quotLiberalism of course was dead of anthrax but all the same you couldn39t do things by forcequot quotNot nearly so pneumatic as Lenina Oh not nearlyquot quotBut old clothes are beastlyquot continued the untiring whisper quotWe always throw away old clothes Ending is better than mending ending is better than mending ending is better quot quotGovernment39s an affair of sitting not hitting You rule with the brains and the buttocks never with the fists For example there was the conscription of consumptionquot quotThere I39m readyquot said Lenina but Fanny remained speechless and averted quotLet39s make peace Fanny darlingquot quotEvery man woman and child compelled to consume so much a year In the interests of industry The sole result quotEnding is better than mending The more stitches the less riches the more stitches quot quotOne of these days said Fanny with dismal emphasis quotyou39ll get into troublequot quotConscientious objection on an enormous scale Anything not to consume Back to naturequot quotI do love flying I do love flyingquot quotBack to culture Yes actually to culture You can39t consume much if you sit still and read booksquot quotDo I look all rightquot Lenina asked Herjacket was made of bottle green acetate cloth with green viscose fur at the cuffs and collar quotEight hundred Simple Lifers were mowed down by machine guns at Golders Greenquot quotEnding is better than mending ending is better than mendingquot Green corduroy shorts and white viscose woollen stockings turned down below the knee quotThen came the famous British Museum Massacre Two thousand culture fans gassed with dichlorethyl sulphidequot A green and white jockey cap shaded Lenina39s eyes her shoes were bright green and highly polished quotIn the endquot said Mustapha Mond quotthe Controllers realized that force was no good The slower but infinitely surer methods of ectogenesis neo Pavlovian conditioning and hypnopaedia quot And round her waist she wore a silver mounted green morocco surrogate cartridge belt bulging for Lenina was not a freemartin with the regulation supply of contraceptives quotThe discoveries of Pfitzner and Kawaguchi were at last made use of An intensive propaganda against viviparous reproduction quot quotPerfectquot cried Fanny enthusiastically She could never resist Lenina39s charm for long quotAnd what a perfectly sweet Malthusian beltquot quotAccompanied by a campaign against the Past by the closing of museums the blowing up of historical monuments luckily most of them had already been destroyed during the Nine Years39 War by the suppression of all books published before AF 150quot quotI simply must get one like itquot said Fanny quotThere were some things called the pyramids for example quotMy old black patent bandolier quot quotAnd a man called Shakespeare You39ve never heard of them of coursequot quotIt39s an absolute disgrace that bandolier of minequot quotSuch are the advantages of a really scientific educationquot quotThe more stitches the less riches the more stitches the less quot quotThe introduction of Our Ford39s first T Model quot quotI39ve had it nearly three monthsquot quotChosen as the opening date of the new eraquot quotEnding is better than mending ending is better quotThere was a thing as I39ve said before called Christianityquot quotEnding is better than mendingquot quotThe ethics and philosophy of under consumption quotI love new clothes I love new clothes I love quot quotSo essential when there was under production but in an age of machines and the fixation of nitrogen positively a crime against societyquot quotHenry Foster gave it mequot quotAll crosses had their tops cut and became T39s There was also a thing called Godquot quotIt39s real morocco surrogatequot quotWe have the World State now And Ford39s Day celebrations and Community Sings and Solidarity Servicesquot quotFord how I hate themquot Bernard Marx was thinking quotThere was a thing called Heaven but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcoholquot quotLike meat like so much meatquot quotThere was a thing called the soul and a thing called immortalityquot quotDo ask Henry where he got itquot quotBut they used to take morphia and cocainequot quotAnd what makes it worse she thinks of herself as meatquot quotTwo thousand pharmacologists and bio chemists were subsidized in AP 178quot quotHe does look glumquot said the Assistant Predestinator pointing at Bernard Marx quotSix years later it was being produced commercially The perfect drugquot quotLet39s bait himquot quotEuphoric narcotic pleasantly hallucinantquot quotGlum Marx glumquot The clap on the shoulder made him start look up It was that brute Henry Foster quotWhat you need is a gramme of somaquot quotAll the advantages of Christianity and alcohol none of their defectsquot quotFord I should like to kill himquot But all he did was to say quotNo thank youquot and fend off the proffered tube of tablets quotTake a holiday from reality whenever you like and come back without so much as a headache or a mythologyquot quotTake itquot insisted Henry Foster quottake itquot quotStability was practically assuredquot quotOne cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy sentimentsquot said the Assistant Predestinator citing a piece of homely hypnopaedic wisdom quotIt only remained to conquer old agequot quotDamn you damn youquot shouted Bernard Marx quotHoity toityquot quotGonadal hormones transfusion of young blood magnesium salts quot quotAnd do remember that a gramme is better than a damnquot They went out laughing quotAll the physiological stigmata of old age have been abolished And along with them of course quot quotDon39t forget to ask him about that Malthusian beltquot said Fanny quotAlong with them all the old man39s mental peculiarities Characters remain constant throughout a whole lifetimequot two rounds of Obstacle Golf to get through before dark I must flyquot quotWork play at sixty our powers and tastes are what they were at seventeen Old men in the bad old days used to renounce retire take to religion spend their time reading thinking thinkingquot quotIdiots swinequot Bernard Marx was saying to himself as he walked down the corridor to the lift quotNow such is progress the old men work the old men copulate the old men have no time no leisure from pleasure not a moment to sit down and think or if ever by some unlucky chance such a crevice of time should yawn in the solid substance of their distractions there is always soma delicious soma half a gramme for a half holiday a gramme for a week end two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East three for a dark eternity on the moon returning whence they find themselves on the other side of the crevice safe on the solid ground of daily labour and distraction scampering from feely to feely from girl to pneumatic girl from Electromagnetic Golf course to quot quotGo away little girlquot shouted the DHC angrily quotGo away little boy Can39t you see that his fordship39s busy Go and do your erotic play somewhere elsequot quotSuffer little childrenquot said the Controller Slowly majestically with a faint humming of machinery the Conveyors moved forward thirty three centimters an hour In the red darkness glinted innumerable rubies Chapter Four THE LIFT was crowded with men from the Alpha Changing Rooms and Lenina39s entry wars greeted by many friendly nods and smiles She was a popular girl and at one time or another had spent a night with almost all of them They were dear boys she thought as she returned their salutations Charming boys Still she did wish that George Edzel39s ears weren39t quite so big perhaps he39d been given just a spot too much parathyroid at Metre 328 And looking at Benito Hoover she couldn39t help remembering that he was really too hairy when he took his clothes off Turning with eyes a little saddened by the recollection of Benito39s curly blackness she saw in a corner the small thin body the melancholy face of Bernard Marx quotBernardquot she stepped up to him quotI was looking for youquot Her voice rang clear above the hum of the mounting lift The others looked round curiously quotI wanted to talk to you about our New Mexico planquot Out of the tail of her eye she could see Benito Hoover gaping with astonishment The gape annoyed her quotSurprised I shouldn39t be begging to go with him againquot she said to herself Then aloud and more warmly than ever quotI39d simply love to come with you for a week in Julyquot she went on Anyhow she was publicly proving her unfaithfulness to Henry Fanny ought to be pleased even though it was Bernard quotThat isquot Lenina gave him her most deliciously significant smile quotif you still want to have mequot Bernard39s pale face flushed quotWhat on earth forquot she wondered astonished but at the same time touched by this strange tribute to her power quotHadn39t we better talk about it somewhere elsequot he stammered looking horribly uncomfortable quotAs though I39d been saying something shockingquot thought Lenina quotHe couldn39t look more upset if I39d made a dirty joke asked him who his mother was or something like thatquot quotI mean with all these people about quot He was choked with confusion Lenina39s laugh was frank and wholly unmalicious quotHow funny you arequot she said and she quite genuinely did think him funny quotYou39ll give me at least a week39s warning won39t youquot she went on in another tone quotI suppose we take the Blue Pacific Rocket Does it start from the Charing T Tower Or is it from Hampsteadquot Before Bernard could answer the lift came to a standstill quotRoofquot called a creaking voice The liftman was a small simian creature dressed in the black tunic of an Epsilon Minus Semi Moron quotRoofquot He flung open the gates The warm glory of afternoon sunlight made him start and blink his eyes quotOh roofquot he repeated in a voice of rapture He was as though suddenly and joyfully awakened from a dark annihilating stupor quotRoofquot He smiled up with a kind of doggily expectant adoration into the faces of his passengers Talking and laughing together they stepped out into the light The liftman looked after them quotRoofquot he said once more questioningly Then a bell rang and from the ceiling of the lift a loud speaker began very softly and yet very imperiously to issue its commands quotGo downquot it said quotgo down Floor Eighteen Go down go down Floor Eighteen Go down go quot The liftman slammed the gates touched a button and instantly dropped back into the droning twilight of the well the twilight of his own habitual stupor It was warm and bright on the roof The summer afternoon was drowsy with the hum of passing helicopters and the deeper drone of the rocket planes hastening invisible through the bright sky five or six miles overhead was like a caress on the soft air Bernard Marx drew a deep breath He looked up into the sky and round the blue horizon and finally down into Lenina39s face quotIsn39t it beautifulquot His voice trembled a little She smiled at him with an expression of the most sympathetic understanding quotSimply perfect for Obstacle Golfquot she answered rapturously quotAnd now I must fly Bernard Henry gets cross if I keep him waiting Let me know in good time about the datequot And waving her hand she ran away across the wide flat roof towards the hangars Bernard stood watching the retreating twinkle of the white stockings the sunburnt knees vivaciously bending and unbending again again and the softer rolling of those well fitted corduroy shorts beneath the bottle green jacket His face wore an expression of pain quotI should say she was prettyquot said a loud and cheery voice just behind him Bernard started and looked around The chubby red face of Benito Hoover was beaming down at him beaming with manifest cordiality Benito was notoriously good natured People said of him that he could have got through life without ever touching soma The malice and bad tempers from which other people had to take holidays never afflicted him Reality for Benito was always sunny quotPneumatic too And howquot Then in another tone quotBut I sayquot he went on quotyou do look glum What you need is a gramme of somaquot Diving into his right hand trouser pocket Benito produced a phial quotOne cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy But I sayquot Bernard had suddenly turned and rushed away Benito stared after him quotWhat can be the matter with the fellowquot he wondered and shaking his head decided that the story about the alcohol having been put into the poor chap39s blood surrogate must be true quotTouched his brain I supposequot He put away the soma bottle and taking out a packet of sex hormone chewing gum stuffed a plug into his cheek and walked slowly away towards the hangars ruminating Henry Foster had had his machine wheeled out of its lock up and when Lenina arrived was already seated in the cockpit waiting quotFour minutes latequot was all his comment as she climbed in beside him He started the engines and threw the helicopter screws into gear The machine shot vertically into the air Henry accelerated the humming of the propeller shrilled from hornet to wasp from wasp to mosquito the speedometer showed that they were rising at the best part of two kilometres a minute London diminished beneath them The huge table topped buildings were no more in a few seconds than a bed of geometrical mushrooms sprouting from the green of park and garden In the midst of them thin stalked a taller slenderer fungus the Charing T Tower lifted towards the sky a disk of shining concrete Like the vague torsos of fabulous athletes huge fleshy clouds lolled on the blue air above their heads Out of one of them suddenly dropped a small scarlet insect buzzing as it fell quotThere39s the Red Rocketquot said Henry quotjust come in from New Yorkquot Looking at his watch quotSeven minutes behind timequot he added and shook his head quotThese Atlantic services they39re really scandalously unpunctualquot He took his foot off the accelerator The humming of the screws overhead dropped an octave and a half back through wasp and hornet to bumble bee to cockchafer to stag beetle The upward rush of the machine slackened off a moment later they were hanging motionless in the air Henry pushed at a lever there was a click Slowly at first then faster and faster till it was a circular mist before their eyes the propeller in front of them began to revolve The wind of a horizontal speed whistled ever more shrilly in the stays Henry kept his eye on the revolution counter when the needle touched the twelve hundred mark he threw the helicopter screws out of gear The machine had enough forward momentum to be able to fly on its planes Lenina looked down through the window in the floor between her feet They were flying over the six kilometre zone of park land that separated Central London from its first ring of satellite suburbs The green was maggoty with fore shortened life Forests of Centrifugal Bumble puppy towers gleamed between the trees Near Shepherd39s Bush two thousand Beta Minus mixed doubles were playing Riemann surface tennis A double row of Escalator Fives Courts lined the main road from Notting Hill to Willesden In the Ealing stadium a Delta gymnastic display and community sing was in progress quotWhat a hideous colour khaki isquot remarked Lenina voicing the hypnopaedic prejudices of her caste The buildings of the Hounslow Feely Studio covered seven and a half hectares Near them a black and khaki army of labourers was busy revitrifying the surface of the Great West Road One of the huge travelling crucibles was being tapped as they flew over The molten stone poured out in a stream of dazzling incandescence across the road the asbestos rollers came and went at the tail of an insulated watering cart the steam rose in white clouds At Brentford the Television Corporation39s factory was like a small town quotThey must be changing the shiftquot said Lenina Like aphides and ants the leaf green Gamma girls the black Semi Morons swarmed round the entrances or stood in queues to take their places in the monorail tram cars Mulberry coloured Beta Minuses came and went among the crowd The roof of the main building was alive with the alighting and departure of helicopters quotMy wordquot said Lenina quotI39m glad I39m not a Gammaquot Ten minutes later they were at Stoke Poges and had started their first round of Obstacle Golf WITH eyes for the most part downcast and if ever they lighted on a fellow creature at once and furtively averted Bernard hastened across the roof He was like a man pursued but pursued by enemies he does not wish to see lest they should seem more hostile even than he had supposed and he himself be made to feel guiltier and even more helplessly alone quotThat horrible Benito Hooverquot And yet the man had meant well enough Which only made it in a way much worse Those who meant well behaved in the same way as those who meant badly Even Lenina was making him suffer He remembered those weeks of timid indecision during which he had looked and longed and despaired of ever having the courage to ask her Dared he face the risk of being humiliated by a contemptuous refusal But if she were to say yes what rapture Well now she had said it and he was still wretched wretched that she should have thought it such a perfect afternoon for Obstacle Golf that she should have trotted away to join Henry Foster that she should have found him funny for not wanting to talk of their most private affairs in public Wretched in a word because she had behaved as any healthy and virtuous English girl ought to behave and not in some other abnormal extraordinary way He opened the door of his lock up and called to a lounging couple of Delta Minus attendants to come and push his machine out on to the roof The hangars were staffed by a single Bokanovsky Group and the men were twins identically small black and hideous Bernard gave his orders in the sharp rather arrogant and even offensive tone of one who does not feel himself too secure in his superiority To have dealings with members of the lower castes was always for Bernard a most distressing experience For whatever the cause and the current gossip about the alcohol in his blood surrogate may very likely for accidents will happen have been true Bernard39s physique as hardly better than that of the average Gamma He stood eight centimetres short of the standard Alpha height and was slender in proportion Contact with members of he lower castes always reminded him painfully of this physical inadequacy quotI am I and wish I wasn39tquot his self consciousness was acute and stressing Each time he found himself looking on the level instead of downward into a Delta39s face he felt humiliated Would the creature treat him with the respect due to his caste The question haunted him Not without reason For Gammas Deltas and Epsilons had been to some extent conditioned to associate corporeal mass with social superiority Indeed a faint hypnopaedic prejudice in favour of size was universal Hence the laughter of the women to whom he made proposals the practical joking of his equals among the men The mockery made him feel an outsider and feeling an outsider he behaved like one which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused by his physical defects Which in turn increased his sense of being alien and alone A chronic fear of being slighted made him avoid his equals made him stand where his inferiors were concerned self consciously on his dignity How bitterly he envied men like Henry Foster and Benito Hoover Men who never had to shout at an Epsilon to get an order obeyed men who took their position for granted men who moved through the caste system as a fish through water so utterly at home as to be unaware either of themselves or of the beneficent and comfortable element in which they had their being Slackly it seemed to him and with reluctance the twin attendants wheeled his plane out on the roof quotHurry upquot said Bernard irritably One of them glanced at him Was that a kind of bestial derision that he detected in those blank grey eyes quotHurry upquot he shouted more loudly and there was an ugly rasp in his voice He climbed into the plane and a minute later was flying southwards towards the river The various Bureaux of Propaganda and the College of Emotional Engineering were housed in a single sixty story building in Fleet Street In the basement and on the low floors were the presses and offices of the three great London newspapers The Hourly Radio an upper caste sheet the pale green Gamma Gazette and on khaki paper and in words exclusively of one syllable The Delta Mirror Then came the Bureaux of Propaganda by Television by Feeling Picture and by Synthetic Voice and Music respectively twenty two floors of them Above were the search laboratories and the padded rooms in which Sound Track Writers and Synthetic Composers did the delicate work The top eighteen floors were occupied the College of Emotional Engineering Bernard landed on the roof of Propaganda House and stepped out quotRing down to Mr Helmholtz Watsonquot he ordered the Gamma Plus porter quotand tell him that Mr Bernard Marx is waiting for him on the roofquot He sat down and lit a cigarette Helmholtz Watson was writing when the message came down quotTell him I39m coming at oncequot he said and hung up the receiver Then turning to his secretary quotI39ll leave you to put my things awayquot he went on in the same official and impersonal tone and ignoring her lustrous smile got up and walked briskly to the door He was a powerfully built man deep chested broad shouldered massive and yet quick in his movements springy and agile The round strong pillar of his neck supported a beautifully shaped head His hair was dark and curly his features strongly marked In a forcible emphatic way he was handsome and looked as his secretary was never tired of repeating every centimetre an Alpha Plus By profession he was a lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering Department of Writing and the intervals of his educational activities a working Emotional Engineer He wrote regularly for The Hourly Radio composed feely scenarios and had the happiest knack for slogans and hypnopaedic rhymes quotAblequot was the verdict of his superiors quotPerhaps and they would shake their heads would significantly lower their voices quota little too ablequot Yes a little too able they were right A mental excess had produced in Helmholtz Watson effects very similar to those which in Bernard Marx were the result of a physical defect Too little bone and brawn had isolated Bernard from his fellow men and the sense of this apartness being by all the current standards a mental excess became in its turn a cause of wider separation That which had made Helmholtz so uncomfortably aware of being himself and all alone was too much ability What the two men shared was the knowledge that they were individuals But whereas the physically defective Bernard had suffered all his life from the consciousness of being separate it was only quite recently that grown aware of his mental excess Helmholtz Watson had also become aware of his difference from the people who surrounded him This Escalator Squash champion this indefatigable lover it was said that he had had six hundred and forty different girls in under four years this admirable committee man and best mixer had realized quite suddenly that sport women communal activities were only so far as he was concerned second bests Really and at the bottom he was interested in something else But in what In what That was the problem which Bernard had come to discuss with him or rather since it was always Helmholtz who did all the talking to listen to his friend discussing yet once more Three charming girls from the Bureau of Propaganda by Synthetic Voice waylaid him as he stepped out of the lift quotOh Helmholtz darling do come and have a picnic supper with us on Exmoorquot They clung round him imploringly He shook his head he pushed his way through them quotNo noquot quotWe39re not inviting any other manquot But Helmholtz remained unshaken even by this delightful promise quotNoquot he repeated quotI39m busyquot And he held resolutely on his course The girls trailed after him It was not till he had actually climbed into Bernard39s plane and slammed the door that they gave up pursuit Not without reproaches quotThese womenquot he said as the machine rose into the air quotThese womenquot And he shook his head he frowned quotToo awfulquot Bernard hypocritically agreed wishing as he spoke the words that he could have as many girls as Helmholtz did and with as little trouble He was seized with a sudden urgent need to boast quotI39m taking Lenina Crowne to New Mexico with mequot he said in a tone as casual as he could make it quotAre youquot said Helmholtz with a total absence of interest Then after a little pause quotThis last week or twoquot he went on quotI39ve been cutting all my committees and all my girls You can39t imagine what a hullabaloo they39ve been making about it at the College Still it39s been worth it I think The effects quot He hesitated quotWell they39re odd they39re very oddquot A physical shortcoming could produce a kind of mental excess The process it seemed was reversible Mental excess could produce for its own purposes the voluntary blindness and deafness of deliberate solitude the artificial impotence of asceticism The rest of the short flight was accomplished in silence When they had arrived and were comfortably stretched out on the pneumatic sofas in Bernard39s room Helmholtz began again Speaking very slowly quotDid you ever feelquot he asked quotas though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out Some sort of extra power that you aren39t using you know like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbinesquot He looked at Bernard questioningly quotYou mean all the emotions one might be feeling if things were differentquot Helmholtz shook his head quotNot quite I39m thinking of a queer feeling I sometimes get a feeling that I39ve got something important to say and the power to say it only I don39t know what it is and I can39t make any use of the power If there was some different way of writing Or else something else to write about quot He was silent then quotYou seequot he went on at last quotI39m pretty good at inventing phrases you know the sort of words that suddenly make you jump almost as though you39d sat on a pin they seem so new and exciting even though they39re about something hypnopaedically obvious But that doesn39t seem enough It39s not enough for the phrases to be good what you make with them ought to be good tooquot quotBut your things are good Helmholtzquot quotOh as far as they goquot Helmholtz shrugged his shoulders quotBut they go such a little way They aren39t important enough somehow I feel I could do something much more important Yes and more intense more violent But what What is there more important to say And how can one be violent about the sort of things one39s expected to write about Words can be like X rays if you use them properly they39ll go through anything You read and you39re pierced That39s one of the things I try to teach my students how to write piercingly But what on earth39s the good of being pierced by an article about a Community Sing or the latest improvement in scent organs Besides can you make words really piercing you know like the very hardest X rays when you39re writing about that sort of thing Can you say something about nothing That39s what it finally boils down to I try and I try quot quotHushquot said Bernard suddenly and lifted a warning finger they listened quotI believe there39s somebody at the doorquot he whispered Helmholtz got up tiptoed across the room and with a sharp quick movement flung the door wide open There was of course nobody there quotI39m sorryquot said Bernard feeling and looking uncomfortably foolish quotI suppose I39ve got things on my nerves a bit When people are suspicious with you you start being suspicious with themquot He passed his hand across his eyes he sighed his voice became plaintive He was justifying himself quotIf you knew what I39d had to put up with recentlyquot he said almost tearfully and the uprush of his self pity was like a fountain suddenly released quotIf you only knewquot Helmholtz Watson listened with a certain sense of discomfort quotPoor little Bernardquot he said to himself But at the same time he felt rather ashamed for his friend He wished Bernard would show a little more pride Chapter Five BY EIGHT O39CLOCK the light was failing The loud speaker in the tower of the Stoke Poges Club House began in a more than human tenor to announce the closing of the courses Lenina and Henry abandoned their game and walked back towards the Club From the grounds of the Internal and External Secretion Trust came the lowing of those thousands of cattle which provided with their hormones and their milk the raw materials for the great factory at Farnham Royal An incessant buzzing of helicopters filled the twilight Every two and a half minutes a bell and the screech of whistles announced the departure of one of the light monorail trains which carried the lower caste golfers back from their separate course to the metropolis Lenina and Henry climbed into their machine and started off At eight hundred feet Henry slowed down the helicopter screws and they hung for a minute or two poised above the fading landscape The forest of Burnham Beeches stretched like a great pool of darkness towards the bright shore of the western sky Crimson at the horizon the last of the sunset faded through orange upwards into yellow and a pale watery green Northwards beyond and above the trees the Internal and External Secretions factory glared with a fierce electric brilliance from every window of its twenty stories Beneath them lay the buildings of the Golf Club the huge Lower Caste barracks and on the other side of a dividing wall the smaller houses reserved for Alpha and Beta members The approaches to the monorail station were black with the ant like pullulation of lower caste activity From under the glass vault a lighted train shot out into the open Following its southeasterly course across the dark plain their eyes were drawn to the majestic buildings of the Slough Crematorium For the safety of night flying planes its four tall chimneys were flood lighted and tipped with crimson danger signals It was a landmark quotWhy do the smoke stacks have those things like balconies around themquot enquired Lenina quotPhosphorus recoveryquot explained Henry telegraphically quotOn their way up the chimney the gases go through four separate treatments P205 used to go right out of circulation every time they cremated some one Now they recover over ninety eight per cent of it More than a kilo and a half per adult corpse Which makes the best part of four hundred tons of phosphorus every year from England alonequot Henry spoke with a happy pride rejoicing whole heartedly in the achievement as though it had been his own quotFine to think we can go on being socially useful even after we39re dead Making plants growquot Lenina meanwhile had turned her eyes away and was looking perpendicularly downwards at the monorail station quotFinequot she agreed quotBut queer that Alphas and Betas won39t make any more plants grow than those nasty little Gammas and Deltas and Epsilons down therequot quotAll men are physico chemically equalquot said Henry sententiously quotBesides even Epsilons perform indispensable servicesquot quotEven an Epsilon quot Lenina suddenly remembered an occasion when as a little girl at school she had woken up in the middle of the night and become aware for the first time of the whispering that had haunted all her sleeps She saw again the beam of moonlight the row of small white beds heard once more the soft soft voice that said the words were there unforgotten unforgettable after so many night long repetitions quotEvery one works for every one else We can39t do without any one Even Epsilons are useful We couldn39t do without Epsilons Every one works for every one else We can39t do without any one quot Lenina remembered her first shock of fear and surprise her speculations through half a wakeful hour and then under the influence of those endless repetitions the gradual soothing of her mind the soothing the smoothing the stealthy creeping of sleep quotI suppose Epsilons don39t really mind being Epsilonsquot she said aloud quotOf course they don39t How can they They don39t know what it39s like being anything else We39d mind of course But then we39ve been differently conditioned Besides we start with a different heredityquot quotI39m glad I39m not an Epsilonquot said Lenina with conviction quotAnd if you were an Epsilonquot said Henry quotyour conditioning would have made you no less thankful that you weren39t a Beta or an Alphaquot He put his forward propeller into gear and headed the machine towards London Behind them in the west the crimson and orange were almost faded a dark bank of cloud had crept into the zenith As they flew over the crematorium the plane shot upwards on the column of hot air rising from the chimneys only to fall as suddenly when it passed into the descending chill beyond quotWhat a marvellous switchbackquot Lenina laughed delightedly But Henry39s tone was almost for a moment melancholy quotDo you know what that switchback wasquot he said quotIt was some human being finally and definitely disappearing Going up in a squirt of hot gas It would be curious to know who it was a man or a woman an Alpha or an Epsilon quot He sighed Then in a resolutely cheerful voice quotAnyhowquot he concluded quotthere39s one thing we can be certain of whoever he may have been he was happy when he was alive Everybody39s happy nowquot quotYes everybody39s happy now echoed Lenina They had heard the words repeated a hundred and fifty times every night for twelve years Landing on the roof of Henry39s forty story apartment house in Westminster they went straight down to the dining hall There in a loud and cheerful company they ate an excellent meal Soma was served with the coffee Lenina took two half gramme tablets and Henry three At twenty past nine they walked across the street to the newly opened Westminster Abbey Cabaret It was a night almost without clouds moonless and starry but of this on the whole depressing fact Lenina and Henry were fortunately unaware The electric sky signs effectively shut off the outer darkness quotCALVIN STOPES AND HIS SIXTEEN SEXOPHONISTSquot From the facade of the new Abbey the giant letters invitingly glared quotLONDON39S FINEST SCENT AND COLOUR ORGAN ALL THE LATEST SYNTHETIC MUSICquot They entered The air seemed hot and somehow breathless with the scent of ambergris and sandalwood On the domed ceiling of the hall the colour organ had momentarily painted a tropical sunset The Sixteen Sexophonists were playing an old favourite quotThere ain39t no Bottle in all the world like that dear little Bottle of minequot Four hundred couples were five stepping round the polished floor Lenina and Henry were soon the four hundred and first The saxophones wailed like melodious cats under the moon moaned in the alto and tenor registers as though the little death were upon them Rich with a wealth of harmonics their tremulous chorus mounted towards a climax louder and ever louder until at last with a wave of his hand the conductor let loose the final shattering note of ether music and blew the sixteen merely human blowers clean out of existence Thunder in A flat major And then in all but silence in all but darkness there followed a gradual deturgescence a diminuendo sliding gradually through quarter tones down down to a faintly whispered dominant chord that lingered on while the five four rhythms still pulsed below charging the darkened seconds with an intense expectancy And at last expectancy was fulfilled There was a sudden explosive sunrise and simultaneously the Sixteen burst into song quotBottle of mine it39s you I 39ve always wanted Bottle of mine why was I ever decanted Skies are blue inside of you The weather s always ne For There ain39t no Bottle in all the world Like that dear little Bottle of mine quot Five stepping with the other four hundred round and round Westminster Abbey Lenina and Henry were yet dancing in another world the warm the richly coloured the infinitely friendly world of soma holiday How kind how good looking how delightfully amusing every one was quotBottle of mine it39s you I39ve always wanted quot But Lenina and Henry had what they wanted They were inside here and now safely inside with the fine weather the perennially blue sky And when exhausted the Sixteen had laid by their saxophones and the Synthetic Music apparatus was producing the very latest in slow Malthusian Blues they might have been twin embryos gently rocking together on the waves of a bottled ocean of blood surrogate quotGood night dear friends Good night dear friendsquot The loud speakers veiled their commands in a genial and musical politeness quotGood night dear friends quot Obediently with all the others Lenina and Henry left the building The depressing stars had travelled quite some way across the heavens But though the separating screen of the sky signs had now to a great extent dissolved the two young people still retained their happy ignorance of the night Swallowing half an hour before closing time that second dose of soma had raised a quite impenetrable wall between the actual universe and their minds Bottled they crossed the street bottled they took the lift up to Henry39s room on the twenty eighth floor And yet bottled as she was and in spite of that second gramme of soma Lenina did not forget to take all the contraceptive precautions prescribed by the regulations Years of intensive hypnopaedia and from twelve to seventeen Malthusian drill three times a week had made the taking of these precautions almost as automatic and inevitable as blinking quotOh and that reminds mequot she said as she came back from the bathroom quotFanny Crowne wants to know where you found that lovely green morocco surrogate cartridge belt you gave mequot 2 ALTERNATE Thursdays were Bernard39s Solidarity Service days After an early dinner at the Aphroditzeum to which Helrnholtz had recently been elected under Rule Two he took leave of his friend and hailing a taxi on the roof told the man to fly to the Fordson Community Singery The machine rose a couple of hundred metres then headed eastwards and as it turned there before Bernard39s eyes gigantically beautiful was the Singery Flood lighted its three hundred and twenty metres of white Carrara surrogate gleamed with a snowy incandescence over Ludgate Hill at each of the four corners of its helicopter platform an immense T shone crimson against the night and from the mouths of twenty four vast golden trumpets rumbled a solemn synthetic music quotDamn I39m latequot Bernard said to himself as he first caught sight of Big Henry the Singery clock And sure enough as he was paying off his cab Big Henry sounded the hour quotFordquot sang out an immense bass voice from all the golden trumpets quotFord Ford Ford quot Nine times Bernard ran for the lift The great auditorium for Ford39s Day celebrations and other massed Community Sings was at the bottom of the building Above it a hundred to each floor were the seven thousand rooms used by Solidarity Groups for their fortnight services Bernard dropped down to floor thirty three hurried along the corridor stood hesitating for a moment outside Room 3210 then having wound himself up opened the door and walked in Thank Ford he was not the last Three chairs of the twelve arranged round the circular table were still unoccupied He slipped into the nearest of them as inconspicuously as he could and prepared to frown at the yet later comers whenever they should arrive Turning towards him quotWhat were you playing this afternoonquot the girl on his left enquired quotObstacle or Electro magneticquot Bernard looked at her Ford it was Morgana Rothschild and blushineg had to admit that he had been playing neither Morgana stared at him with astonishment There was an awkward silence Then pointedly she turned away and addressed herself to the more sporting man on her left quotA good beginning for a Solidarity Servicequot thought Bernard miserably and foresaw for himself yet another failure to achieve atonement If only he had given himself time to look around instead of scuttling for the nearest chair He could have sat between Fifi Bradlaugh and Joanna Diesel Instead of which he had gone and blindly planted himself next to Morgana Morgana Ford Those black eyebrows of hers that eyebrow rather for they met above the nose Ford And on his right was Clara Deterding True Clara39s eyebrows didn39t meet But she was really too pneumatic Whereas Fifi and Joanna were absolutely right Plump blonde not too large And it was that great lout Tom Kawaguchi who now took the seat between them The last arrival was Sarojini Engels quotYou39re latequot said the President of the Group severely quotDon39t let it happen againquot Sarojini apologized and slid into her place between Jim Bokanovsky and Herbert Bakunin The group was now complete the solidarity circle perfect and without flaw Man woman man in a ring of endless alternation round the table Twelve of them ready to be made one waiting to come together to be fused to lose their twelve separate identities in a larger being The President stood up made the sign of the T and switching on the synthetic music let loose the soft indefatigable beating of drums and a choir of instruments near wind and super string that plangently repeated and repeated the brief and unescapably haunting melody of the first Solidarity Hymn Again again and it was not the ear that heard the pulsing rhythm it was the midriff the wail and clang of those recurring harmonies haunted not the mind but the yearning bowels of compassion The President made another sign of the T and sat down The service had begun The dedicated soma tablets were placed in the centre of the table The loving cup of strawberry ice cream soma was passed from hand to hand and with the formula quotI drink to my annihilationquot twelve times quaffed Then to the accompaniment of the synthetic orchestra the First Solidarity Hymn was sung quotFord we are twelve oh make us one Like drops within the Social River Oh make us now together run As swiftly as thy shining Flivver quot Twelve yearning stanzas And then the loving cup was passed a second time quotI drink to the Greater Beingquot was now the formula All drank Tirelessly the music played The drums beat The crying and clashing of the harmonies were an obsession in the melted bowels The Second Solidarity Hymn was sung quotCome Greater Being Social Friend Annihilating Twelve inOne We long to die for when we end Our larger life has but begun quot Again twelve stanzas By this time the soma had begun to work Eyes shone cheeks were flushed the inner light of universal benevolence broke out on every face in happy friendly smiles Even Bernard felt himself a little melted When Morgana Rothschild turned and beamed at him he did his best to beam back But the eyebrow that black two in one alas it was still there he couldn39t ignore it couldn39t however hard he tried The melting hadn39t gone far enough Perhaps if he had been sitting between Fifi and Joanna For the third time the loving cup went round quotI drink to the imminence of His Comingquot said Morgana Rothschild whose turn it happened to be to initiate the circular rite Her tone was loud exultant She drank and passed the cup to Bernard quotI drink to the imminence of His Comingquot he repeated with a sincere attempt to feel that the coming was imminent but the eyebrow continued to haunt him and the Coming so far as he was concerned was horribly remote He drank and handed the cup to Clara Deterding quotIt39ll be a failure againquot he said to himself quotI know it willquot But he went on doing his best to beam The loving cup had made its circuit Lifting his hand the President gave a signal the chorus broke out into the third Solidarity Hymn quotFeel how the Greater Being comes Rejoice and in rejoicings die Melt in the music of the drums For I am you and you are I quot As verse succeeded verse the voices thrilled with an ever intenser excitement The sense of the Coming39s imminence was like an electric tension in the air The President switched off the music and with the final note of the final stanza there was absolute silence the silence of stretched expectancy quivering and creeping with a galvanic life The President reached out his hand and suddenly a Voice a deep strong Voice more musical than any merely human voice richer warmer more vibrant with love and yearning and compassion a wonderful mysterious supernatural Voice spoke from above their heads Very slowly quotOh Ford Ford Fordquot it said diminishingly and on a descending scale A sensation of warmth radiated thrillingly out from the solar plexus to every extremity of the bodies of those who listened tears came into their eyes their hearts their bowels seemed to move within them as though with an independent life quotFordquot they were melting quotFordquot dissolved dissolved Then in another tone suddenly startlingly quotListenquot trumpeted the voice quotListenquot They listened After a pause sunk to a whisper but a whisper somehow more penetrating than the loudest cry quotThe feet of the Greater Beingquot it went on and repeated the words quotThe feet of the Greater Beingquot The whisper almost expired quotThe feet of the Greater Being are on the stairsquot And once more there was silence and the expectancy momentarily relaxed was stretched again tauter tauter almost to the tearing point The feet of the Greater Being oh they heard them they heard them coming softly down the stairs coming nearer and nearer down the invisible stairs The feet of the Greater Being And suddenly the tearing point was reached Her eyes staring her lips parted Morgana Rothschild sprang to her feet quotI hear himquot she cried quotI hear himquot quotHe39s comingquot shouted Sarojini Engels quotYes he39s coming I hear himquot Fifi Bradlaugh and Tom Kawaguchi rose simultaneously to their feet quotOh oh ohquot Joanna inarticulately testified quotHe39s comingquot yelled Jim Bokanovsky The President leaned forward and with a touch released a delirium of cymbals and blown brass a fever of tom tomming quotOh he39s comingquot screamed Clara Deterding quotAiequot and it was as though she were having her throat cut Feeling that it was time for him to do something Bernard also jumped up and shouted quotI hear him He39s comingquot But it wasn39t true He heard nothing and for him nobody was coming Nobody in spite of the music in spite of the mounting excitement But he waved his arms he shouted with the best of them and when the others began to jig and stamp and shuffle he alsojigged and shuffled Round they went a circular procession of dancers each with hands on the hips of the dancer preceding round and round shouting in unison stamping to the rhythm of the music with their feet beating it beating it out with hands on the buttocks in front twelve pairs of hands beating as one as one twelve buttocks slabbily resounding Twelve as one twelve as one quotI hear Him I hear Him comingquot The music quickened faster beat the feet faster faster fell the rhythmic hands And all at once a great synthetic bass boomed out the words which announced the approaching atonement and final consummation of solidarity the coming of the Twelve in One the incarnation of the Greater Being quotOrgy porgyquot it sang while the tom toms continued to beat their feverish tattoo quotOrgyporgy Ford and fun Kiss the girls and make them One Boys at One with girls at peace Orgyporgy gives release quot quotOrgy porgyquot the dancers caught up the liturgical refrain quotOrgy porgy Ford and fun kiss the girls quot And as they sang the lights began slowly to fade to fade and at the same time to grow warmer richer redder until at last they were dancing in the crimson twilight of an Embryo Store quotOrgy porgy quot In their blood coloured and foetal darkness the dancers continued for a while to circulate to beat and beat out the indefatigable rhythm quotOrgy porgy quot Then the circle wavered broke fell in partial disintegration on the ring of couches which surrounded circle enclosing circle the table and its planetary chairs quotOrgy porgy quot Tenderly the deep Voice crooned and cooed in the red twilight it was as though some enormous negro dove were hovering benevolently over the now prone or supine dancers They were standing on the roof Big Henry had just sung eleven The night was calm and warm quotWasn39t it wonderfulquot said Fifi Bradlaugh quotWasn39t it simply wonderfulquot She looked at Bernard with an expression of rapture but of rapture in which there was no trace of agitation or excitement for to be excited is still to be unsatisfied Hers was the calm ecstasy of achieved consummation the peace not of mere vacant satiety and nothingness but of balanced life of energies at rest and in equilibrium A rich and living peace For the Solidarity Service had given as well as taken drawn off only to replenish She was full she was made perfect she was still more than merely herself quotDidn39t you think it was wonderfulquot she insisted looking into Bernard39s face with those supernaturally shining eyes quotYes I thought it was wonderfulquot he lied and looked away the sight of her transfigured face was at once an accusation and an ironical reminder of his own separateness He was as miserably isolated now as he had been when the service began more isolated by reason of his unreplenished emptiness his dead satiety Separate and unatoned while the others were being fused into the Greater Being alone even in Morgana39s embrace much more alone indeed more hopelessly himself than he had ever been in his life before He had emerged from that crimson twilight into the common electric glare with a self consciousness intensified to the pitch of agony He was utterly miserable and perhaps her shining eyes accused him perhaps it was his own fault quotQuite wonderfulquot he repeated but the only thing he could think of was Morgana39s eyebrow Chapter Six ODD ODD odd was Lenina39s verdict on Bernard Marx So odd indeed that in the course of the succeeding weeks she had wondered more than once whether she shouldn39t change her mind about the New Mexico holiday and go instead to the North Pole with Benito Hoover The trouble was that she knew the North Pole had been there with George Edzel only last summer and what was more found it pretty grim Nothing to do and the hotel too hopelessly old fashioned no television laid on in the bedrooms no scent organ only the most putrid synthetic music and not more than twenty five Escalator Squash Courts for over two hundred guests No decidedly she couldn39t face the North Pole again Added to which she had only been to America once before And even then how inadequately A cheap week end in New York had it been with Jean Jacques Habibullah or Bokanovsky Jones She couldn39t remember Anyhow it was of absolutely no importance The prospect of flying West again and for a whole week was very inviting Moreover for at least three days of that week they would be in the Savage Reservation Not more than half a dozen people in the whole Centre had ever been inside a Savage Reservation As an Alpha Plus psychologist Bernard was one of the few men she knew entitled to a permit For Lenina the opportunity was unique And yet so unique also was Bernard39s oddness that she had hesitated to take it had actually thought of risking the Pole again with funny old Benito At least Benito was normal Whereas Bernard quotAlcohol in his blood surrogatequot was Fanny39s explanation of every eccentricity But Henry with whom one evening when they were in bed together Lenina had rather anxiously discussed her new lover Henry had compared poor Bernard to a rhinoceros quotYou can39t teach a rhinoceros tricksquot he had explained in his brief and vigorous style quotSome men are almost rhinoceroses they don39t respond properly to conditioning Poor Devils Bernard39s one of them Luckily for him he39s pretty good at his job Otherwise the Director would never have kept him Howeverquot he added consolingly quotI think he39s pretty harmlessquot Pretty harmless perhaps but also pretty disquieting That mania to start with for doing things in private Which meant in practice not doing anything at all For what was there that one could do in private Apart of course from going to bed but one couldn39t do that all the time Yes what was there Precious little The first afternoon they went out together was particularly fine Lenina had suggested a swim at Toquay Country Club followed by dinner at the Oxford Union But Bernard thought there would be too much of a crowd Then what about a round of Electro magnetic Golf at St Andrew39s But again no Bernard considered that Electro magnetic Golf was a waste of time quotThen what39s time forquot asked Lenina in some astonishment Apparently for going walks in the Lake District for that was what he now proposed Land on the top of Skiddaw and walk for a couple of hours in the heather quotAlone with you Leninaquot quotBut Bernard we shall be alone all nightquot Bernard blushed and looked away quotI meant alone for talkingquot he mumbled quotTalking But what aboutquot Walking and talking that seemed a very odd way of spending an afternoon In the end she persuaded him much against his will to fly over to Amsterdam to see the Semi Demi Finals of the Women39s Heavyweight Wrestling Championship quotIn a crowdquot he grumbled quotAs usualquot He remained obstinately gloomy the whole afternoon wouldn39t talk to Lenina39s friends of whom they met dozens in the ice cream soma bar between the wrestling bouts and in spite of his misery absolutely refused to take the half gramme raspberry sundae which she pressed upon him quotI39d rather be myselfquot he said quotMyself and nasty Not somebody else howeverjollyquot quotA gramme in time saves ninequot said Lenina producing a bright treasure of sleep taught wisdom Bernard pushed away the proffered glass impatiently quotNow don39t lose your temperquot she said quotRemember one cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy sentimentsquot quotOh for Ford39s sake be quietquot he shouted Lenina shrugged her shoulders quotA gramme is always better than a damnquot she concluded with dignity and drank the sundae herself On their way back across the Channel Bernard insisted on stopping his propeller and hovering on his helicopter screws within a hundred feet of the waves The weather had taken a change for the worse a south westerly wind had sprung up the sky was cloudy quotLookquot he commanded quotBut it39s horriblequot said Lenina shrinking back from the window She was appalled by the rushing emptiness of the night by the black foam flecked water heaving beneath them by the pale face of the moon so haggard and distracted among the hastening clouds quotLet39s turn on the radio Quickquot She reached for the dialling knob on the dash board and turned it at random quot skies are blue inside of youquot sang sixteen tremoloing falsettos quotthe weather39s always quot Then a hiccough and silence Bernard had switched of the current quotI want to look at the sea in peacequot he said quotOne can39t even look with that beastly noise going onquot quotBut it39s lovely And I don39t want to lookquot quotBut I doquot he insisted quotIt makes me feel as though quot he hesitated searching for words with which to express himself quotas though I were more me if you see what I mean More on my own not so completely a part of something else Not just a cell in the social body Doesn39t it make you feel like that Leninaquot But Lenina was crying quotIt39s horrible it39s horriblequot she kept repeating quotAnd how can you talk like that about not wanting to be a part of the social body After all every one works for every one else We can39t do without any one Even Epsilons quot quotYes I knowquot said Bernard derisively quot39Even Epsilons are useful39 So am I And I damned well wish I weren39tquot Lenina was shocked by his blasphemy quotBernardquot She protested in a voice of amazed distress quotHow can youquot In a different key quotHow can Iquot he repeated meditatively quotNo the real problem is How is it that I can39t or rather because after all I know quite well why I can39t what would it be like ifI could if I were free not enslaved by my conditioningquot quotBut Bernard you39re saying the most awful thingsquot quotDon39t you wish you were free Leninaquot quotI don39t know what you mean I am free Free to have the most wonderful time Everybody39s happy nowadaysquot He laughed quotYes 39Everybody39s happy nowadays39 We begin giving the children that at five But wouldn39t you like to be free to be happy in some other way Lenina In your own way for example not in everybody else39s wayquot quotI don39t know what you meanquot she repeated Then turning to him quotOh do let39s go back Bernardquot she besought quotI do so hate it herequot quotDon39t you like being with mequot quotBut of course Bernard It39s this horrible placequot quotI thought we39d be more more together here with nothing but the sea and moon More together than in that crowd or even in my rooms Don39t you understand thatquot quotI don39t understand anythingquot she said with decision determined to preserve her incomprehension intact quotNothing Least of allquot she continued in another tone quotwhy you don39t take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours You39d forget all about them And instead of feeling miserable you39d be jolly So jollyquot she repeated and smiled for all the puzzled anxiety in her eyes with what was meant to be an inviting and voluptuous cajolery He looked at her in silence his face unresponsive and very grave looked at her intently After a few seconds Lenina39s eyes flinched away she uttered a nervous little laugh tried to think of something to say and couldn39t The silence prolonged itself When Bernard spoke at last it was in a small tired voice quotAll right thenquot he said quotwe39ll go backquot And stepping hard on the accelerator he sent the machine rocketing up into the sky At four thousand he started his propeller They flew in silence for a minute or two Then suddenly Bernard began to laugh Rather oddly Lenina thought but still it was laughter quotFeeling betterquot she ventured to ask For answer he lifted one hand from the controls and slipping his arm around her began to fondle her breasts quotThank Fordquot she said to herself quothe39s all right againquot Half an hour later they were back in his rooms Bernard swallowed four tablets of soma at a gulp turned on the radio and television and began to undress quotWellquot Lenina enquired with significant archness when they met next afternoon on the roof quotdid you think it was fun yesterdayquot Bernard nodded They climbed into the plane A little jolt and they were off quotEvery one says I39m awfully pneumaticquot said Lenina reflectively patting her own legs quotAwfullyquot But there was an expression of pain in Bernard39s eyes quotLike meatquot he was thinking She looked up with a certain anxiety quotBut you don39t think I39m too plump do youquot He shook his head Like so much meat
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