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The narrator agrees with them, noting that “a mental excess had produced in Helmholtz Watson effects very similar to those which, in Bernard Marx, were the result of a physical defect.” The friendship between Bernard and Helmholtz springs from their mutual dissatisfaction with the status quo and their shared inclination to view themselves as individuals.
Once together, Bernard boasts that Lenina has accepted his invitation, but Helmholtz shows little interest.
The chapter on 'Birth Control and Reproduction' was, for me, the most interesting.
For example, while there have been "breakthroughs in everything from theoretical physics to decoding the human genome" during the past 40 years, there has been no significant change in contraception.
Wes, Chris and Elizabeth sometimes worked 60-70 hours a week and, apart from their triangle, had other regular lovers and one-night stands.
When the genial Benito Hoover strikes up a conversation, Bernard rushes away.
Lenina and Henry fly off on their date in Henry’s helicopter, and look down upon their world in perfect contentment.
But, heigh-ho: here he is with a new one, The Melody, and it traces the fortunes of a character in not that dissimilar a position.
Like Crace, Alfred Busi - aka Mister Al - is a much-feted artist, in this case a romantic singer at the end of a long career. When Lenina tells Bernard in front of a big group of coworkers that she accepts his invitation to see the Savage Reservation, Bernard reacts with embarrassment.His suggestion that they discuss it privately confuses Lenina. Bernard feels terrible because Lenina behaved like a “healthy and virtuous English girl”—that is, someone unafraid of discussing her sexual life in public.Witt writes in that very American formal journalistic way which can be hard going for those used to a more casual style.