The Mezzanine: A Novel - Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11 Summary

After Howie finishes urinating, he has the four sinks to himself. He washes his hands and notes the fine style of their paper-towel dispenser and paper-towels, which he claims are an honor to use. As Howie comments on other machines that aid in the hand-washing and drying process, he turns to the hot air hand dryer, noting how long it takes to dry one's hands.

He used to read the text the World Dryer Corporation provided to pass the time, but he now dislikes the text. It claims that one of the purposes of the hot air hand dryer is to save the world from towel waste, but Howie sees through the lie. He is disgusted by the dishonesty of it all. The Dryer people also forget that the purposes of hand towels are multi-faceted, stretching beyond hand drying. Instead, many just use...

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