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Atlas Shrugged - Part 2, Chapter 4 "The Sanction of the Victim" Summary & Analysis

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Part 2, Chapter 4 "The Sanction of the Victim" Summary

Hank is having Thanksgiving dinner at his house with his wife, his mother and his brother the day before his trial. Philip is happy at the thought of his brother going to jail. Mother is upset. Lillian urges Hank not to defend himself because he cannot win. This is the day of humanity. He should concede because it is the practical thing to do. If he makes concessions, they will respond. Hank pities her, but he still does not comprehend her moral code. What sort of code permits punishment that requires the victim's own virtue to make it work? This code equates virtue with pain and makes virtue the source of suffering. He thinks about this monstrous evil and does not believe it possible.

Lillian says that he has always been unpopular, and they will...

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