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Chapter 15 Notes from Brave New World

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Brave New World Chapter 15

The workers of the Park Lane Hospital for the Dying are one hundred and sixty two members of the Delta caste. They finish work at six o'clock and get a dose of soma. The Savage (John) shoves his way past them, disgusted with their identical facelessness, as they are receiving their soma ration. Observing them, he begins to formulate an idea.

"They had mocked him through his misery and remorse, mocked him with how hideous a note of cynical derision! Fiendishly laughing, they had insisted on the low squalor, the nauseous ugliness of the nightmare. Now, suddenly, they trumpeted a call to arms. 'O brave new world!' Miranda was proclaiming the possibility of loveliness, the possibility of transforming even the nightmare into something fine and noble. 'O brave new world!' It was a challenge, a command." Chapter 15, pg. 210

He notices that the Deltas are appalled, when upon noticing their unruliness, the distributor threatens to cut off the soma. The Savage has a revelation. Linda was a slave of soma, as are all others. He makes up his mind to set them all free. He shouts to them that soma is poison of mind and body, and that he comes to bring them freedom. The distributor slips away to make a phone call.

Meanwhile, Bernard and Helmholtz are wondering where the Savage has gone. They receive a call from the distributor, describing the commotion the Savage has caused at the Hospital for the Dying.

Back at the Hospital, the Savage is discarding the soma, preaching to the masses of Deltas, who are staring at him with horror. He is shouting "Free, free!" Bernard is horrified as well, and thinks that the Deltas are going to kill the Savage, but Helmholtz joins the Savage and they empty the entire box of soma out the window. The Deltas revolt. All hell breaks loose, and Bernard, utterly confused, first runs to help his friends, but then stops, must he stop his friends? He stands, "in an agony of humiliated indecision." Chapter 15, pg. 214 The police rush in, soma gas is pumped in, and from the Synthetic Music Box, a recording called Synthetic Anti-Riot Speech Number Two (Medium Strength) plays. The Deltas are soon kissing and hugging each other and fresh pills are brought. The Sergeant takes the Savage and Helmholtz into custody. Bernard is surprised when the Sergeant wants him to come with them, but can't deny that he is a friend of the prisoners and goes along with them.

Topic Tracking: Government 14
Topic Tracking: Inferiority 17

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