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brave new world by aldous huxley chapter one a squat grey building of only 34 stories

over the main entrance the words central london hatchery and conditioning center

and in a shield the world states motto community identity stability

the enormous room on the ground floor face towards the north cold for all the summer beyond the pains

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 gooseless

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-colored rubber the light was frozen dead 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 and this said the director

opening the door is the fertilizing room bent over their instruments 300 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 director's heels

each of them carried a notebook in which whenever the great man spoke he desperately

scribbled straight from the horse's mouth it was a rare privilege the dhc for central london

always made a point of personally conducting his new students around the various departments

just to give you a general idea he would explain to them for of course some sort of general idea

they must have if they were to do their work intelligently there was little of one if they

were to be good and happy members of society as possible for particulars as everyone knows

make for virtue and happiness generalities are intellectually necessary evils not philosophers

but fret sawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society

tomorrow he would add smiling at them with a slightly menacing geniality

you'll be settling down to serious work you won't have time for generalities meanwhile meanwhile

it was a privilege straight from the horse's 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 30 50 55 it was hard to say and anyhow the question didn't arise

in this year of stability af 632 it didn't occur to you to ask it

i shall begin at the beginning said the dhc and the more zealous students recorded his intentions

in their notebooks begin at the beginning these he waved his hand are the incubators

and opening an insulated door he showed them racks upon racks of numbered test tubes

the weak supply of over kept he explained at blood heat whereas the male game eats and here he opened

another door they have to be kept at 35 instead of 37. full blood heat sterilizes rams wrapped in

thermogene beget no lambs still leaning against the incubators he gave them while the pencils

scurried allegedly across the pages a brief description of the modern fertilizing process

spoke first of course of its surgical introduction the operation undergone voluntarily for the good

of society not to mention the fact that it carries a bonus amounting to six months salary

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

refer 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 warm slides of the microscopes how the eggs which

are 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

centimeter he insisted and how after 10 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 over 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 36 hours to undergo buckanovsky's process bokonovsky's process repeated the director

and the students underlined the words in their little notebooks one egg one embryo one adult

normality but a buchanofski-fied 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 96 human beings grow where only one grew before progress

essentially the dhc concluded buckonovskification consists of a series of arrests of development

we check the normal growth and paradoxically enough the egg responds by budding responds by

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 viviporous

days when an egg would sometimes accidentally divide actually by dozens by scores at a time

scores the director repeated and flung out his arms as though he were distributing

largesse scores but one of the students was full enough to ask where the advantage lay

my good boy the director wheeled sharply around on him can't you see can't you see

he raised a hand his expression was solemn bokonovsky's process is one of the major

instruments of social stability 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 buckenofskyfied egg 96 identical twins working 96 identical machines

the voice was almost tremulous with enthusiasm you really know where you are for the first time

in history he quoted the planetary motto community identity stability grand words

if we could buckanovskyfy indefinitely the whole problem would be solved

solved by standard gammas unvarying deltas uniform epsilons millions of identical twins

the principle of mass production at last applied to biology

but alas the director shook his head we can't buckonovskyfy indefinitely 96 seem to be the limit

72 a good average from the same ovary and with gay meats 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 for in nature it takes 30 years for 200 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 that

obviously no use at all pod snaps technique had immensely accelerated the process of ripening

they could make sure of at least a hundred and fifty mature eggs within two years

fertilized and bokonovskyfy in other words multiply by 72 and you get an average of nearly

11 000 brothers and sisters in 150 batches of identical twins all within two years of

the same age and in exceptional cases we can make one ovary yield us over 15 000 adult individuals

beckoning to a fair-haired ruddy young man who happened to be passing at the moment mr foster

he called the ruddy young man approached can you tell us the record for a single ovary mr foster

sixteen thousand twelve in this center mr foster replied without hesitation

he spoke very quickly had a vivacious blue eye and took an evident pleasure in quoting figures

sixteen thousand and twelve in 189 batches of identicals but of course they've done much

better he rattled on in some of the tropical centers singapore's often produced over 16500

and mombasa has actually touched the 17 000 mark but then they have unfair advantages

you should see the way a negro ovary responds to pituitary it's quite astonishing when you

are used to working with european material still he had it with a laugh but the light

of combat was in his eyes and the lift of his chin was challenging still we need to beat them

if we can i'm working on a wonderful delta minus ovary at this moment only just 18 months old over

12 700 children already either decanted or an embryo and still going strong we'll beat them

yet that's the spirit i like cried the director and clap mr foster on the shoulder come along with

us and give these boys the benefit of your expert knowledge mr foster smiled modestly with pleasure

they went in the bottling room all was harmonious bustle and ordered activity

flaps of fresh sow's peritoneum ready cut to the proper size came shooting up in little

lifts from the organ store in the sub-basement whiz and then click the lift hatches flew open

the bottle liner had only to reach out a hand take the flap insert smooth down and before the lined

bottle had time to travel out of reach along the endless band whiz 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 advance one by one the eggs were transferred from their test tubes to the larger

containers deftly the peritoneal lining was slit the morela dropped into place the saline solution

poured in and already the bottle had passed and it was the turn of the labelers heredity date

of fertilization membership of bokonovsky 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

88 cubic meters of card index said mr foster with relish as they entered

containing all the relevant information added the director brought up to date every morning

and coordinated every afternoon on the basis of which they make their calculations

so many individuals of such and such quality said mr foster distributed in such and such quantities

the optimum decanting rate at any given moment unforeseen wastage is promptly made good

promptly repeated mr foster if you knew the amount of overtime i had to put in after the

last japanese earthquake he laughed good humidly and shook his head the predestinators send in

their figures to the fertilizers who give them the embryos they ask for and the bottles come in here

to be predestinated in detail after which they are sent down to the embryo store where we now

proceed ourselves and opening a door mr foster led the way down the staircase to the basement

the temperature was still tropical they descended into a thickening twilight two doors in a

passage with a double turn insured the seller against any possible infiltration of the day

embryos are like photographic film said mr foster waggishly as he pushed open the second door they

can only stand red light 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 summer's afternoon

the bulging flanks of roe on receding row and teared above tier of bottles glinted with

innumerable rubies and among the rubies moved the dim red specters of men and women with purple eyes

and all the symptoms of lupus the harm and rattle machinery faintly stirred the air

give them a few figures mr foster said the director who was tired of talking mr foster

was only too happy to give them a few figures 220 meters long 200 wide 10 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 steelwork of

gallery above gallery faded away in all directions into the dark near them three red ghosts were

busily unloading demijons from a moving staircase the escalator from the social predestination room

each bottle could be placed on one of 15 racks each rack though you couldn't see it was a

conveyor traveling at the rate of 33 and a third centimeters an hour 267 days at eight meters a day

two thousand one hundred and thirty six meters in all one circuit of the seller at ground level one

on the first gallery half on the second and on the 267th morning daylight in the decanting room

independent existence so-called but in the interval mr foster concluded we've managed to do

a lot to them oh a very great deal his laugh was knowing and triumphant that's the spirit i like

said the director once more let's walk round you tell them everything mr foster

mr foster julie told them told them of the growing embryo on its bed of peritoneum

made them taste the rich blood surrogate in which it fed explained why it had to be stimulated with

placentine and thyroxine told them of the corpus luteum extract showed them the jets through

which at every 12 meter from zero to 2040 it was automatically injected spoke of those gradually

increasing doses of pituitary administered during the final 96 meters of their course

describe the artificial maternal circulation installed on every bottle at meter 112 show 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 refer to the embryos troublesome

tendency to anemia to the massive doses of hog stomach extract and fetal foal's liver

with which in consequence it had to be supplied showed them the simple mechanism by means of

which during the last two meters out of every eight all the embryos were simultaneously shaken

into familiarity with movement hinted at the gravity of the so-called trauma of decanting

and enumerated the precautions taken to minimize by a suitable training of the bottled embryo that

dangerous shock told them of the tests for sex carried out in the neighborhood of meter 200

explain the system of labeling a t for the males a circle for the females and for those who were

destined to become free martins a question mark black on a white ground for of course said mr

foster in the vast majority of cases fertility is merely a nuisance one fertile ovary in 1200 that

would really be quite sufficient for our purposes but we want to have a good choice and of course

one must always leave an enormous margin of safety so we allow as many as 30 percent of the female

embryos to develop normally the others get a dose of male sex hormones every 24 meters for the rest

of the course result they decanted as free martins structurally quite normal except he had to admit

that they do have just the slightest tendency to grow beards but sterile guaranteed sterile

which brings us at last continued mr foster out of the realm of mere slavish imitation of nature

into the much more interesting world of human invention he rubbed his hands for of course they

didn't content themselves with merely hatching out embryos any cow could do that we also predestine

and condition we decant our babies as socialized human beings as alphas or epsilons as future

sewage workers or future he was going to say future world controllers but correcting himself

said future directors of hatcheries instead the dhc acknowledged the compliment with a smile

they were passing meter 320 on rack 11. a young beta minus mechanic was

busy with screwdriver 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

reducing the number of revolutions per minute mr foster explained the surrogate goes around

slower therefore passes through the lung at longer intervals therefore gives the embryo less oxygen

nothing like oxygen shortage for keeping an embryo below par and again he rubbed his hands but

why do you want to keep the embryo below par asked an ingenuous student ass said the director

breaking along silence hasn't it occurred to you that an epsilon embryo must have an

epsilon environment as well as an epsilon heredity it evidently hadn't occurred to him he was

covered with confusion the lower the caste said mr foster the shorter the oxygen

the first organ affected was the brain after that the skeleton at 70 of normal oxygen you got dwarfs

at less than 70 eyeless monsters who are no use at all 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 consider the horse they considered it mature

at six the elephant had 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

but in epsilons said mr foster very justly we don't need human intelligence

didn't need and didn't get it but though the epsilon mind was matured at 10

the epsilon body was not fit to work till 18 long years of superfluous and wasted immaturity

if the physical development could be speeded up till it was as quick say as a cow's what an

enormous saving to the community enormous murmured the students mr foster's enthusiasm was infectious

he became rather technical spoke of the abnormal endocrine coordination 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 to 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 20 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 meter 170 on rack nine

from this point onwards rack nine was enclosed and the bottles performed the remainder of their

journey in a kind of tunnel interrupted here and there by openings two or three meters wide

heat conditioning 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 miners and acetate silk spinners and steel workers later on their minds would be made to

endorse the judgment of their bodies we condition them to thrive on heat concluded mr foster

our colleagues upstairs will teach them to love it and that put in the director cententiously

that is the secret of happiness and virtue liking what you've got to do all conditioning aims at

that making people like their unescapable social destiny 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 guide stood watching her for a few moments in silence well lenina 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 henry

her smile flashed readily at him a row of coral teeth charming charming murmured the director

and giving her two or three little pats received in exchange a rather deferential smile for himself

what are you giving them ask mr foster making his tone very professional oh the usual typhoid

and sleeping sickness tropical workers start being inoculated at meter 150 mr foster explained to the

students the embryos still have gills we immunize the fish against the future man's diseases

then turning back to lenina 10 to 5 on the roof this afternoon he said as usual charming

said the director once more and with a final pat moved away after the others on rack 10

rows of next generations chemical workers were being trained in the toleration of lead caustic

soda tar chlorine the first of a batch of 250 embryonic rocket plane engineers was just passing

the 1100 meter mark on rack 3. a special mechanism kept their containers in constant rotation to

improve their sense of balance mr foster explained doing repairs on the outside of a rocket in midair

is a ticklish job we slacken off the circulation when they're right way up so that they're half

starved and double the flow of surrogate when they're upside down they learn to associate topsy

turvitum with well-being in fact they're only truly happy when they're standing on their heads

and now mr foster went on i'd like to show you some very interesting conditioning for alpha plus

intellectuals we have a big batch of them on rack five first gallery level he called to two boys who

had started to go down to the ground floor they're around meter 900 he explained you can't really do

any useful intellectual conditioning till the fetuses have lost their tails follow me but

the director had looked at his watch ten to three he said no time for the intellectual embryos i'm

afraid we must go up after the nurseries before the children have finished their afternoon sleep

mr foster was disappointed at least one glance at the decanting room he pleaded very well then

the director smiled indulgently just one glance

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

neopavlovian 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 sudden wall was a single window

half a dozen nurses trousered and jacketed in the regulation white viscous linen uniform

their hair asceptically 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 but 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 set out the books 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 had some gaily colored image of beast or fish or bird

now bring in the children 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 buckanovsky group it was evident

and all since their cast was delta dressed in khaki put them down on the floor

the infants were unloaded now turn them so that they can see the flowers and books

turned the babies at once fell silent then began to crawl towards those clusters of sleek colors

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 suffuce 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 excellent he said it might almost have been done on purpose

the swiftest crawlers were already at their goal small hands reached out uncertainly touched

grasped unpettling the transfigured roses crumpling the illuminated pages of the books

the director waited until all were happily busy then carefully 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 even shriller a siren shrieked alarm

bells maddeningly sounded the children started screamed their faces were distorted with terror

and now the director shouted for the noise was deafening now we proceeded to rub in the

lesson with a mild electric shock 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 jerkily as if to the tug of unseen wires

we can electrify that whole strip of floor bowled the director in explanation but that's enough

he signaled to the nurse the explosion 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

sovereign yelp of infant maniacs broadened out once more into a normal howl of ordinary terror

offer them the flowers and the books again the nurses obeyed but at the approach of the roses

at the mere sight of those gaily colored images of [ __ ] and cock-a-doodle-doo and barbar black

sheep the infants shrank away in horror the volume of their howling suddenly increased observe said

the director triumphantly observe books and loud noises flowers and electric shocks already in the

infant mind these couples were compromisingly linked and after 200 repetitions of the same or

a similar lesson would be wedded indissolubly what man has joined nature is powerless to put asunder

they'll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an instinctive hatred of books and flowers

reflexes unalterably conditioned they'll be safe from books and botany all their lives the director

turned to his nurses take them away again still yelling the khaki babies were loaded onto 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 couldn't have lower caste people wasting the community's 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 couldn't 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 site 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 and didn't they consume transport

asked the student quite a lot the ghc replied but nothing else

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 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 conditioned the masses to

hate the country concluded the director but simultaneously we condition them to love

all country sports at the same time we see to it that all country sport shall entail the use

of elaborate apparatus so that they consume manufactured articles as well as transport

hence those electric shocks i see said the student and was silent lost in admiration

there was a silence then clearing his throat once upon a time the director began while our

ford was still on earth there was a little boy called rubin gribinovich reuben was the child of

polish-speaking parents the director interrupted himself you know what polish is i suppose a

dead language like french and german added another student officiously showing off his learning

and a parent question 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

human beings used to be he hesitated the blood rushed to his cheeks

well they used to be viviparous quite right the director nodded approvingly

and when the babies were decanted born came the correction well then they were the

parents i mean not the babies of course the other ones the poor boy was overwhelmed with confusion

in brief the director summed up the parents were the father and the mother

the smut that was really science fell with a crash into the boy's eye avoiding silence

mother he repeated loudly rubbing in the science and leaning back in his chair these

he said gravely are unpleasant facts i know it but their most historical facts are unpleasant

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 for you must remember that in those days of gross viviparous reproduction children

were always brought up by their parents and not in state conditioning centers

while the child was asleep a broadcast program 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 ruben woke up repeating word for word a long lecture by that

curious old writer one of the very few whose works have been permitted to come down to us george

bernard shaw who was speaking according to a well authenticated tradition about his own genius

to little ruben's wink and snicker 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

the principle of sleep teaching or hypnopedia had been discovered the dhc made an impressive pause

the principle had been discovered but many many years were to elapse before that principle was

usefully applied the case of little ruben was only 23 years after r ford's first t model was put on

the market here the director made a sign of the t on his stomach and all the students reverently

followed suit and yet furiously the students scribbled hypnopedia first used officially

in af 214. why not before two reasons a these early experimenters the dhc was saying were on

the wrong track they thought that hypnopedia could be made an instrument of intellectual education

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

the 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

at breakfast the next morning tommy someone says do you know which is the longest river in africa

a shaking of the head but don't you remember something that begins the nile is

the nile is the longest river in africa and the second in length of all the rivers of the globe

the words came rushing out although falling short of well now which is the longest river in africa

the eyes are blank i don't know but the nile tommy the gnar is the longest river in africa

and second then which river is the longest tommy tommy bursts into tears i don't know

he howls that how 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 can't learn a science unless you know what it's all about

whereas if they'd only started on moral education 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

moral education withdrawed never in any circumstances to be rational silence

silence whispered a loud speaker as they stepped out of the 14th floor and

silence silence the trumpet mouth 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 silence silence

all the air of the 14th floor was sibilant with the categorical imperative

50 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 80 cots stood in a row against the wall

there was a sound of light regular breathing and a continuous murmur as a very faint voices remotely

whispering a nurse rose as they entered and came to attention before the director

what's the lesson this afternoon he asked

we had elementary sex for the first 40 minutes she answered but now it's switched over to elementary

class consciousness the director walked slowly down the long line of cots rosian relaxed

with sleep 80 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 elementary class

consciousness did you say let's have it repeated a little louder by the trumpet at the end of the

room a loud speaker projected from the wall the director walked up to it and pressed a switch

all were green said a soft but very distinct voice beginning in the middle of a sentence

and delta children wear khaki oh no i don't want to play with delta children

and epsilons are still worse they're too stupid to be able to read or write besides they wear black

which is such a beastly color i'm so glad i'm a beta there was a pause then the voice began again

alpha children wear gray they work much harder than we do because they're so frightfully clever

i'm really awfully glad i'm a beta because i don't 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 don't want to play with delta children and epsilons are still worse they're too stupid to be

able the director pushed back the switch the voice was silent only its thin ghost continued to mutter

from beneath the 80 pillows they'll have that repeated 40 or 50 times more before they wake

then again on thursday and again on saturday 120 times three times a week for 30 months

after which they go on to a more advanced lesson 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 behavior for that there must be words but words without reason

in brief hypnopedia the greatest moralizing and socializing force of all time

the students took it down their little books straight from the horse's mouth

once more the director touched the switch so frightfully clever the soft insinuating

indefatigable voice was saying i'm really awfully glad i'm a beta because not so much like drops of

water the water it is true can wear holes in the hardest granite rather drops of liquid sealing wax

drops that adhere in crust incorporate themselves with what they fall on till

finally the rock is all one scarlet blob till at last the child's mind is these suggestions

and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind and not the child's mind only the adult's

mind too all his lifelong the mind that judges and desires and decides made up of these suggestions

but all these suggestions are our suggestions the director almost shouted in triumph

suggestions from the state he banged the nearest table it therefore follows

a noise made him turn round oh ford he said in another tone i've gone and woken the children

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 buskage 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 around a chrome steel tower

a ball thrown up so as to land on the platform at the top of a tower rolled down into the interior

fell on a rapidly revolving disc was held through one or other of the numerous apertures pierced in

the cylindrical casing and had to be caught strange muse the director as they turned away

strange to think that even in our ford's 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 it's madness nowadays the

controllers won't approve of any new game unless it can be shown that it requires at least as much

apparatus as the most complicated of existing games he interrupted himself that's a charming

little group 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 focused attention of scientists intent on

a labor of discovery a rudimentary sexual game charming charming the dhc repeated sentimentally

charming 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 i always think the

director was continuing in the same rather modern tone when he was interrupted by a loud boo-hooing

from a neighboring shrubbery emerged nurse leading by the hand a small boy who howled

as he went an anxious looking little girl trotted at her heels what's the matter asked the director

the nurse shrugged her shoulders nothing much she answered it's just that this little boy

seems rather reluctant to join in the ordinary erotic play i'd noticed it once or twice before

and now again today he started yelling just now honestly put in the anxious looking little girl

i didn't mean to hurt him or anything honestly of course you didn't dear said the nurse reassuringly

and so she went on turning back to the director i'm taking him to see the assistant superintendent

of psychology just to see if anything's at all abnormal quite right said the director take him

in you stay here little girl he added as the nurse moved away with her still howling charge

what's your name polly trotsky and a very good name too said the director

run away now and see if you can find some other little boy to play with the child scampered off

into the bushes and was lost to sight exquisite little creature said the director looking after

her then turning to his students what i'm going to tell you now he said may sound incredible but then

when you are not accustomed to history most facts about the past do sound incredible

he let out the amazing truth for a very long period before the time of our fault

and even for some generations afterwards erotic play among 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

even adolescence the dhc was saying even adolescents like yourselves

not possible barring a little surreptitious autoerotism and homosexuality absolutely nothing

nothing in most cases till they were over 20 years old

20 years old echoed the students in a chorus of loud disbelief twenty the director repeated

i told you that you'd find it incredible but what happened they asked what were the results the

results were terrible a deep resonant voice broke startlingly into the dialogue they looked round

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 terrible 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 controller what an unexpected pleasure

boys what are you thinking of this is the controller this is his ford ship mustafa

in the four thousand rooms of the center the four thousand electric clocks simultaneously

struck four discarnate voices called from the trumpet mouths main day shift off duty second

day shift take over main day shift off in the lift on their way up to the changing rooms

henry foster and the assistant director of pre-destination rather pointedly turned their

backs on bernard marx from the psychology bureau averted themselves from that unsavory reputation

the faint harmon rattle of machinery still stirred the crimson air in the embryo store

shifts might come and go one lupus colored face give place to another majestically

and forever the conveyors crept forward with their load of future men and women

lenin a crown walked briskly towards the door

his fordship mustafa mond the eyes of the saluting students almost popped out of their heads

mustafa monde 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 horse's mouth straight from the mouth of

ford himself two shrimp brown children emerge from a neighboring shrubbery stare at them

for a moment with large astonished eyes then return to their amusements among the leaves

you all remember said the controller in his strong deep voice

you all remember i suppose that beautiful and inspired saying of our ford's history is

bunk history he repeated slowly is bunk he waved his hand and it was as though with an invisible

feather whisk he had brushed away a little dust and the dust was harappa was ur of the childis

some spiderwebs and they were thieves in babylon and canosus and mycini

whisk whisk and where was odysseus where was job where was jupiter and gotama and jesus whisk and

those specks of antique dirt called athens in 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

going to the feelings this evening henry inquired the assistant predestinator

i hear the new one of the alhambra is first rate there's a love scene on a bearskin rug

they say it's marvelous every hair the bear reproduced the most amazing tactile effects

that's why you're taught no history the controller was saying

but now the time has come the dhc looked at him nervously there were those strange rumors

of old forbidden books hidden in a safe in the controller's study bibles poetry ford knew what

mustafa monde intercepted his anxious glance and the corners of his red lips twitched ironically

it's all right director he said in a tone of faint derision i won't corrupt them

the dhc was overwhelmed with confusion

those who feel themselves despised do well to look despising the smile on bernard marx's face

was contemptuous every hair on the bear indeed i shall make a point of going said henry foster

leaned forward shook a finger at them just tried to realize it he said and his voice sent a strange

thrill quivering along their diaphragms try to realize what it was like to have a viviparous

mother that smutty word again but none of them dreamed this time of smiling

try to imagine what living with one's family meant they tried but

obviously without the smallest success and do you know what a home was they shook their heads

from her dim crimson cellar lennon crown shot up 17 stories turned to the right she stepped

out of the lift walked on a long corridor and opening the door marked girl's 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 80 vibro vacuum massage machines were simultaneously

kneading and sucking the firm and sunburned flesh of 80 superb female specimens everyone

was talking at the top of her voice a synthetic music machine was wobbling out a super cornet solo

hello fanny said lennon to the young woman who had the pegs and locker next to hers fanny worked in

the bottling room and her surname was also crown but as the two thousand million inhabitants of the

planet had only ten thousand names between them the coincidence was not particularly surprising

lennon pulled at her zippers downward 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 and under sterilized prison

darkness disease and smells the controller's 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

lennon 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 oda cologne were laid on in little taps over the wash basin

she turned on the third from the left dab herself with sheep 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 my baby my baby over and over again

my 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 yes said mustafa monde nodding his head you may well shudder

who are you going out with tonight then anna asked returning from the vibro vac like a pearl

illuminated from within pinkly glowing nobody lenina raised her eyebrows in astonishment

i've been feeling rather out of sorts lately fanny explained dr wales advised me to have a

pregnancy substitute but my dear you're only 19. the first pregnancy substitute

isn't compulsory till 21 and oh 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

so i'm really two years late not two years early she opened the door of her locker and pointed to

the row of boxes and labeled files on the upper shelf syrup of corpus luteum lenina

read the names aloud over in guaranteed fresh not to be used after august the first af632

mammary gland extract to be taken three times daily before meals with a little water

placentine 5cc to be injected intravenously every third day lennon shouted how i loathe

intravenous don't you yes but when they do one good fanny was a particularly sensible girl

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

and yet among the savages of samoa in certain islands off the coast of new guinea

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 20 palm thatched houses

in the trobriands conception was the work of ancestral ghosts nobody had ever heard of a father

extremes said the controller meat for the good reason that they were made to meet

dr wells said that a three months pregnancy substitute now will make

all the difference to my health for the next three or four years

well i hope he's right so lennon but fanny do you really mean to say that for the next three months

you're not supposed to oh no dear only for a week or two that's all i shall spend the evening at

the club playing musical bridge i suppose you are going out lennon are nodded who with henry foster

again fanny's kind rather moonlike face took on an incongruous expression of pained and

disapproving astonishment do you mean to tell me you're still going out with henry foster

mothers and fathers brothers and sisters but there were also husbands wives lovers

there were also monogamy and romance though you probably don't know what those are

said mustafa monde they shook their heads family monogamy romance

everywhere exclusiveness everywhere a focusing of interest a narrow channeling of impulse and energy

but everyone belongs to everyone else he concluded citing the hypnopedic proverb the students nodded

emphatically agreeing with a statement which upwards of 62 000 repetitions in the dark had

made them accept not nearly as true but as axiomatic self-evident utterly indisputable

but after all leniner was protesting it's only about four months now since i've been having henry

only four months i like that and what's more fanny went on pointing an accusing finger there's been

nobody else except henry all that time has there lennon blush scarlett but her eyes the tone of her

voice remained defiant no there hasn't been anyone else she answered almost tracking and i jolly

well don't see why there should have been oh she jolly well doesn't see why there should have been

fanny repeated as though to an invisible listener behind lenina's left shoulder then with a sudden

change of tone but seriously she said i really do think you ought to be careful it's such horribly

bad form to go on and on like this with one man at 40 or 35 it wouldn't be so bad but at your age

linen uh no it really won't 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 he be furious if he knew

think of water under pressure in a pipe they thought of it i pierce it once said the controller

what a jet he pierced it 20 times there were 20 piddling little fountains my baby my baby

mother the madness is infectious my love my one and only precious precious 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

didn't allow them to take things easily didn't allow them to be sane virtuous happy what with

mothers and lovers what with the prohibitions they were not conditioned to obey what were

the temptations and the lonely remorses but with all the diseases and the endless isolating pain

what were the uncertainties and the poverty they were forced to feel strongly and feeling strongly

and strongly what was more in solitude in hopeless individual isolation how could they be stable

of course there's no need to give him up have somebody else from time to time that's all

he has other girls doesn't he lenina admitted it of course he does trust henry foster to be

the perfect gentleman always correct and then there's the director to think of

you know what a stickler nodding he patted me on the behind this afternoon said lennon there

you see fanny was triumphant that shows what he stands for the strictest conventionality

stability said the controller stability no civilization without social stability no social

stability without individual stability his voice was a trumpet listening they felt larger warmer

the machine turns turns and must keep on turning forever 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 million stop all the wheels in 150 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 mattering

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

and after all fanny's tone was coaxing it's 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

stability insisted the controller stability the primal and the ultimate need stability

hence all this with a wave of his hand he indicated the gardens the huge building of the

conditioning center the naked children furtive in the undergrowth or running across the lawns

leniner shook her head somehow she mused i hadn't been feeling very keen on promiscuity lately

there are times when one doesn't haven't you found that too fanny fanny nodded her sympathy

and understanding but once got to make the effort she said contentiously one's got to play the game

after all everyone belongs to everyone else yes everyone belongs to everyone else lenina repeated

slowly and sighing was silent for a moment then taking fanny's hand gave it a little squeeze

you're quite right fanny as usual i'll make the effort

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 and day out the blood surrogate pump unceasingly turns its

800 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 fortunate boys said the controller

no pains have been spared to make your lives emotionally easy to preserve you so far as that is

possible from having emotions at all fords in his liver murmured the dhc alls well with the world

lenina crown said henry foster echoing the assistant predestinators question as he zipped up

his trousers oh she's a splendid girl wonderfully pneumatic i'm surprised you haven't had her

i can't think how it is i haven't said the assistant predestinator

i certainly will at the first opportunity from his place on the opposite side of the

changing room isle bernard marx overheard what they were saying and turned pale

and to tell the truth said lennon i'm beginning to get just a tiny bit bored with nothing but

henry every day she pulled on her left stocking do you know bernard marx she asked in a tone whose

excessive casualness was evidently forced fannie looks startled you don't mean to say why not

then it's an alpha plus besides he asked me to go to one of the savage reservations with him

i've always wanted to see a savage reservation but his reputation why do i care about his reputation

they say doesn't like obstacle golf they say they say mocked lennon

and then he spends most of his time by himself alone there was horror in fanny's voice

well he won't be alone when he's with me and anyhow why are people so beastly to

him i think he's rather sweet she smiled to herself how absurdly shy he had been

frightened almost as though she were a world controller and here gamma minus machine minder

consider your own lives said mustafa monde has any of you ever encountered an insurmountable

obstacle the question was answered by a negative silence has any of you been compelled

to live through a long time interval between consciousness of a desire and its fulfillment

well began one of the boys and hesitated speak up so the dhc don't keep his fortune waiting

i once had to wait nearly four weeks before a girl i wanted would let me have her and you

felt a strong emotion in consequence horrible horrible precisely said the controller our

ancestors were so stupid and short-sighted that when the first reformers came along and offered

to deliver them from those horrible emotions they wouldn't have anything to do with them

talking about her as though she were a bit of meat bernard ground his teeth have her here hover there

like mutton degrading her to so much mutton she said she'd think it over she said she'd

give me an answer this week oh ford ford ford he would have liked to go up to them and hit them in

the face hard again and again yes i really do advise you to try her henry foster was saying

take ectogenesis fitzner and kawaguchi had got the whole technique worked out

but would the government look at it no there was something called christianity

women were forced to go on being viviparous

he's so ugly said fanny but i rather like his looks and then so small fanny made a grimace

smallness was so horribly and typically low cast i think that's rather sweet

said lennon one feels one would like to pet him you know like a cat fanny was shocked

they say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the bottle thought he was a gamer and

put alcohol into his blood surrogate that's why he's so stunted what nonsense lenina was indignant

sleep 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 the liberty of the subject liberty to be

inefficient and miserable freedom to be a round peg in a square hole

but my dear chap you're welcome i assure you you're welcome henry foster patted

the assistant pre-destinator on the shoulder everyone belongs to everyone else after all

100 repetitions three nights a week for four years thought bernard marks

who was a specialist on hypnopedia 62 400 repetitions makes one truth idiots

all the caste system constantly proposed constantly rejected there was something

called democracy as though men were more than physical chemically equal

well all i can say is that i'm going to accept his invitation

bernard hated them hated them but they were too they were large they were strong

the nine years war began in af 141

not even if it were true about the alcohol in his blood surrogate

fosgene chloropicrin ethyl iodo acetate diphenyl cyanasine trichloromethyl chloroformate

dichlorethylsulfide not to mention hydrocyanic acid

which i simply don't believe leniner concluded

the noise of fourteen thousand aeroplanes advancing in open

order but in the kerfurstendam and the eighth arundi small

the explosion of the anthrax bombs is hardly louder than the popping of a paper bag

because i do want to see a savage reservation

ch3 sub 3 c sub 6 h sub 2 left parenthesis n o sub 2 right parenthesis sub 3 plus h g left

parenthesis c and right parenthesis sub 2 equals well what an enormous hole in the ground a pile

of masonry some bits of flesh and mucus a foot with a 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

you're hopeless lennon i give you up

the russian technique for infecting water supplies was particularly ingenious

back turned to back fanny and lennon continued their changing in silence

the nine years wore the great economic collapse there was a choice between world control and

destruction between stability and fanny crown's a nice girl too said the assistant predestinator

in the nurseries the elementary class consciousness lesson was over

the voices were adapting future demand to future industrial supply

i do love flying they whispered i do love flying i do love having new clothes i do love

liberalism of course was dead of anthrax but all the same you couldn't do things by force

not nearly so pneumatic as lenin oh not nearly

but old clothes are beastly continued the untiring whisper we always throw away

old clothes ending is better than mending ending is better than mending ending is better

governments 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 consumption

there i'm ready said lenina but fanny remained speechless and averted

let's make peace fanny darling

every man woman and child compelled to consume so much a year in the

interests of industry the sole result

ending is better than mending the more stitches the less riches the more stitches

one of these days said fanny with dismal emphasis you'll get into trouble

conscientious objection on an enormous scale anything not to consume back to nature

i do love flying i do love flying

back to culture yes actually to culture you can't consume much if you sit still and read books

do i look all right lenina asked

her jacket was made of bottle green acetate cloth with green viscous fur at the cuffs and collar

800 simple lifers were mowed down by machine guns at gulda's green

ending is better than mending ending is better than mending

green corduroy shorts and white viscous woolen stockings turned below the knee

then came the famous british museum massacre 2 000 culture fans gassed with dichloroethyl sulfide

a green and white jockey cap shaded lennon's eyes her shoes were bright green and highly polished

in the end said mustafa monde the controllers realized that force was no good the slower but

infinitely sure methods of ectogenesis neopavlovian conditioning and hypnopedia

and round her waist she wore a silver mounted green morocco surrogate cartridge belt

bulging for lennon was not a free martin with the regulation supply of contraceptives

the discoveries of fitzner and kawaguchi were at last

made use of an intensive propaganda against viviparous reproduction

perfect cried fanny enthusiastically she could never resist lenin's charm for long

and what a perfectly sweet malthusian belt

accompanied 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 years war

by the suppression of all books published before af 150. i simply must get one like it said fanny

there were some things called the pyramids for example my old black

pattern bandolier and a man called shakespeare you've never heard of them of course

it's an absolute disgrace that bundler of mine such are the advantages of a really

scientific education the more stitches the less riches the more stitches the less

the introduction of our ford's first tea model i've had it nearly three months

chosen as the opening date of the new era ending is better than mending ending

is better there was a thing as i've said before called christianity ending is better than mending

the ethics and philosophy of under consumption i love new clothes i love new clothes i love

so essential when there was under production but in an age of machines and the fixation of nitrogen

positively a crime against society henry foster gave it me all crosses had their tops cut

and became t's there was also a thing called god it's real morocco surrogate

we have the world state now and ford's day celebrations

and community sings and solidarity services fought how i hate them bernard marx was thinking

there was a thing called heaven but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol

like meat like so much meat there was a thing called the soul and a thing called immortality

to ask henry where he got it but they used to take morphia and cocaine and what makes it worse she

thinks of herself as meat 2 000 pharmacologists and biochemists were subsidized in af178

he does look glum said the assistant predestinator pointing at bernard marks six years later it was

being produced commercially the perfect drug let's bait him euphoric narcotic pleasantly hallucinate

the clap on the shoulder made him start look up it was that brute henry foster

what you need is a gram of soma all the advantages of christianity and alcohol none of their defects

thought i should like to kill him but all he did say was no thank you

and fend off the profit tube of tablets take a holiday from reality whenever you like

and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology take it insisted henry foster take it

stability was practically assured one cubic centimeter cures ten gloomy sentiments

said the assistant predestinator citing a piece of homely hypnopedic wisdom

it only remained to conquer old age

shouted bernard marks pointy toity

gonadal hormones transfusion of young blood magnesium salts

and do remember that a gram is better than a dam

they went out laughing all the physiological stigmata of old age have been abolished and along

with him of course don't forget to ask him about that malthusian belt said fanny along with them

all the old man's mental peculiarities characters remain constant throughout a whole lifetime

two rounds of obstacle golf to get through before dark i must fly work

play at 60 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 thinking

idiots swine bennett marx was saying to himself as he walked down the corridor to the lift

now such his 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 gram for a half holiday a gram for a weekend two grams

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 labor and distraction

scampering from feely to philly from girl to pneumatic girl from electromagnetic golf course to

go away little girl shouted the dhc angrily go away little boy can't you

see that his four chips busy go and do your erotic play somewhere else

suffer little children said the controller slowly majestically with a faint humming of machinery

the conveyors moved forward 33 centimeters an hour in the red darkness glinted innumerable rubies

chapter four the lift was crowded with men from the alpha changing rooms and lennon's entry was

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 edsel's ears weren't quite so big

perhaps you've been given just a spot too much parathyroid at meto 328 and looking at benito

hoover she couldn't help remembering that he was really too hairy when he took his clothes off

turning with eyes a little saddened by the recollection of benito's curly blackness

she saw in a corner the small thin body the melancholy face of bernard marks bernard she

stepped up to him i was looking for you her voice rang clear above the hum of the mounting lift

the others looked round curiously i wanted to talk to you about our new mexico plan out of the

tail of our eye she could see benito hoover gaping with astonishment the gape annoyed her surprised

i shouldn't be begging to go with him again she said to herself then aloud and more warmly

than ever i'd simply love to come with you for a week in july she went on anyhow she was publicly

proving her unfaithfulness to henry fannie ought to be pleased even though it was bernard

that is lender gave him her most deliciously significant smile if you still want to have me

bennett's pale face flashed what on earth four she wandered astonished but at the same time

touched by this strange tribute to her power hadn't we better talk about it somewhere else

he stammered looking horribly uncomfortable as though i'd been saying something shocking

thought lenina he couldn't look more upset if i made a dirty joke asked him who his mother was

or something like that i mean with all these people about he was choked with confusion

lenin's laugh was frank and holy are malicious how funny you are she said and she quite genuinely did

think him funny you'll give me at least a week's warning won't you she went on in another tone i

suppose we take the blue pacific rocket does it start from chairing teto or is it from hampstead

before bernard could answer the lift came to a standstill

called a creaking voice the leftman was a small

simian creature dressed in the black tunic of an epsilon minus semi-moron

he flung open the gates the warm glory of afternoon sunlight made

him start and blink his eyes oh ruth he repeated in a voice of rapture

he was as though suddenly and joyfully awakened from a dark annihilating stupor

he smiled up with a kind of doggiely expectant adoration into the faces of his passengers

talking and laughing together they stepped out into the light the liftman looked after them

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

go down it said go down floor 18 go down go down floor 18. go down go 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 lennon's face

isn't it beautiful his voice trembled a little she smiled at him with an expression of the most

sympathetic understanding simply perfect for obstacle golf she answered rapturously

and now i must fly bernard henry gets cross if i keep him waiting let me know in good time

about the date and waving her hand she ran away across the wide flat roof towards the hangers

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

i should say she was pretty said a loud and cheery voice just behind him bernard

started and looked round the chubby red face of benito hoover was beaming down at him beaming

with manifest cordiality benita 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 pneumatic to and how

then in another tone but i say he went on you do look glum what you need is a gram of soma

diving into his right hand trouser pocket benito produced a file one cubic centimeter cures ten

gloomy but i say bernard had suddenly turned and rushed away benito stared after him what

can be the matter with the fellow he wondered and shaking his head decided that the story about the

alcohol having been put into the poor chap's blood surrogate must be true touched his brain i suppose

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 hangers ruminating henry foster had had his

machine wheeled out of its lockup and when lenina arrived was already seated in the cockpit waiting

four minutes late 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 kilometers a minute

london diminished beneath them the huge tabletop buildings were no more in a few

seconds than a bed of geometrical mushrooms sprouting from the green of a park and garden

in the midst of them thin stalked a taller slenderer fungus the charring tea tower

lifted towards the sky a disc 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 there's the red rocket said henry just come in from new york

looking at his watch seven minutes behind time he added and shook his head these atlantic services

they're really scandalously unpunctual 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 bumblebee 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 1200 mark he threw the helicopter screws out of gear

the machine had enough forward momentum to be able to fly on its planes then looked down through the

window in the floor between her feet they were flying over the six kilometer zone of parkland

that separated central london from its first ring of satellite suburbs the green was maggoty

with foreshortened life forests of centrifugal bumble puppy towers gleam between the trees near

shepherd's 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 wilsdon

in the ealing stadium a delta gymnastic display and community sing was in progress

what a hideous color khaki is remarked lennon voicing the hypnopedic prejudices of her cast

the buildings of the hounslow philly studio covered seven and a half hectares near them

a blackened khaki army of laborers was busy re-vitrifying the surface of the great west road

one of the huge traveling crucibles was being tapped as they flew over the molten stone

poured out in a stream of dazzling incandescents 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 corporation's factory was like a small town they must be changing the shift said lennon

like aphids and ants the leaf green gamma girls the black semi-morons swarmed around the entrances

or stood in queues to take their places in the monorail tram cars

mulberry-colored beta-minuses came and went among the crowd the roof of the main building was alive

with the lighting and departures of helicopters my words said lennon i'm glad i'm not a gamma

ten minutes later they were at stoke poaches 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 that horrible

benito hoover 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 did 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's 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 lockup and called to a lounging couple of delta minus attendants to come

and push his machine out onto the roof the hangars were staffed by a single bokonovsky 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

bernard's physique was hardly better than that of the average gamma he stood eight centimeters

short of the standard alpha height and was slender in proportion contact with

members of the lower castes always reminded him painfully of this physical inadequacy

i am i and i wish i wasn't his self-consciousness was acute and distressing each time he found

himself looking on the level instead of downward into a delta's face he felt humiliated would

the creature treat him with a respect due to his caste the question haunted him not without reason

for gammas deltas and epsilons have been to some extent conditioned to associate corporeal mass

with social superiority indeed a faint hypnopedic prejudice in favor 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 ended 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 the 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 slightly it seemed to him and with reluctance the twin attendants

wheeled his plane out on the roof hurry up said bernard irritably one of them glanced at him

was that a kind of bastille derision he detected in those blank grey eyes

hurry up 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 bureaus of propaganda and

the college of emotional engineering were housed in a single 60-story building in fleet street

in the basement and on the lower floors were the presses and offices of the three great london

newspapers the hourly radio an uppercast sheet the pale green gamma gazette and on khaki paper

and in words exclusively of one syllable the delta mirror then came the bureaus of propaganda by

television by feeling picture and by synthetic voice and music respectively 22 floors of them

above were the research laboratories and the padded rooms in which the

soundtrack writers and synthetic composers did their delicate work

the top 18 floors were occupied by the college of emotional engineering

bernard landed on the roof of propaganda house and stepped out ring down to mr helmholtz watson he

ordered the gamma plus porter and tell him that mr bernard marx is waiting for him on the roof

he sat down and lit a cigarette helmholtz watson was writing when the message came down

tell him i'm coming at once he said and hung up the receiver

then turning to his secretary i'll leave you to put my things away he went on in the same official

and impersonal tone and ignoring her lustrous smile got up and walked bristly to the door

he was a powerfully built man deep chested broad-shouldered massive and yet quick in his

movement 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 forcibly emphatic way he was handsome

and looked as his secretary was never tired of repeating every centimeter an alpha plus

by profession he was a lecturer at the college of emotional engineering department of writing

and in 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 hypnopedic rhymes abel was the verdict of his superiors

perhaps and they would shake their heads would significantly lower their voices a little

too able yes a little too able they were right a mental excess had produced in helmholtz watson

effects very similar to those which in bernard marks 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 640 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 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 oh helmholtz darling do come and have a picnic supper with us on exmoor

they clung around him imploringly he shook his head he pushed his way through them no no

we're not inviting any other man

but helmholtz remained unshaken even by this delightful promise no he repeated i'm busy

and he held resolutely on his course the girls trailed after him it was not until he had actually

climbed into bernard's plane and slammed the door that they gave up pursuit not without reproaches

these women he said as the machine rose into the air these women and he shook his head

he frowned too awful 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 i'm taking lennon acrown to new mexico with me he said in a tone as casual as he could make it

are you said helmholtz with a total absence of interest

then after a little pause this last week or two he went on i've been cutting all my committees and

all my girls you can't imagine what a hullabaloo they've been making about it at the college

so it's been worth it i think the effects he hesitated well they're odd they're very odd

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 bernard's room helmholtz began again

speaking very slowly

did you ever feel he asked as 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 aren't using you know like all the

water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines he looked at bernard questioningly

you mean all the emotions one might be feeling if things were different helmholtz shook his head not

quite i'm thinking of a queer feeling i sometimes get a feeling that i've got something important

to say and the power to say it only i don't know what it is and i can't make any use of the power

if there was some different way of writing or else something else to write about

he was silent then you see he went on at last i'm pretty good at inventing phrases you know the sort

of words that suddenly make you jump almost as though you'd sat on a pin they seem so new and

exciting even though they're about something hypnopedically obvious but that doesn't seem

enough it's not enough for the phrases to be good what you make with them or to be good too

but your things are good helmholtz oh as far as they go helmholtz shrugged his shoulders

but they go such a little way they aren't important enough somehow i feel i could do

something much more important yes a much more intense more violent but what what is there more

important to say and how can one be violent about the sort of things one's expected to write about

words can be like x-rays if you use them properly they'll go through anything you read and you're

pierced that's one of the things i try to teach my students how to write piercingly but what on earth

the good of being pierced by an article about a community sing or the latest improvements in

scent organs besides can you make words really piercing you know like the very hardest x-rays

when you're writing about that sort of thing can you say something about nothing that's what it

finally boils down to i try and i try hush said bernard suddenly and lifted a warning finger

they listened i believe there's somebody at the door 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 i'm sorry said bernard feeling and looking uncomfortably foolish

i suppose i've got things on my nerves a bit when people are suspicious with you you start being

suspicious with them he passed his hand across his eyes his side his voice became plaintiff

he was justifying himself if you knew what i had to put up with recently he said almost tearfully

and the rush of his self-pity was like a fountain suddenly released if you only knew helmholtz

watson listened with a certain sense of discomfort poor little bernard 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 o'clock the light was failing the loudspeakers in the tower of

the stoke pogee's clubhouse began in a more than human tenor to announce the closing of the courses

lenin 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 farnam royal

the 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

lenin and henry climbed into their machine and started off at 800 feet henry slowed

down the helicopter screws and they hung for a minute or two poised above the fading landscape

the forest of burnham beaches 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 pollution

of lower caste activity from under the glass fault a lighted train shot out into the open

following its south easterly 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 floodlighted and tipped with crimson danger signals

it was a landmark why do the smokestacks have those things like balconies around them

inquired lenina phosphorus recovery explained henry telegraphically on their way up the chimney

the gases go through four separate treatments p205 used to go right out of circulation every time

they cremated someone now they recover over 98 of it more than a kilo and a half per adult corpse

which makes the best part of 400 tons of phosphorus every year from england alone henry

spoke with a happy pride rejoicing wholeheartedly in the achievement as though it had been his own

fight i think we can go on being socially useful even after we're dead making plants grow lenina

meanwhile had turned her eyes away and was looking perpendicularly downward at the monorail station

fine she agreed but queer that alphas and betas won't make any more plants grow than those nasty

little gammas and deltas and epsilons down there all men are physical chemically equal said henry

cententiously besides even epsilons perform indispensable services even an epsilon lenin

suddenly remembered an occasion when as a little girl at school she'd 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

everyone works for everyone else we can't do without anyone even epsilons are useful

we couldn't do without epsilons everyone works for everyone else we can't do without

anyone 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

i suppose epsilons don't really mind being epsilons she said aloud of course they don't

how can they they don't know what it's like being anything else we'd mind of course but

then we've been differently conditioned besides we start with a different heredity

i'm glad i'm not an epsilon said lennon with conviction and if you were in epsilon said

henry your conditioning would have made you no less thankful that you weren't a baiter on alpha

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 what a marvelous

switchback then in a laugh delightedly but henry's turn was almost for a moment melancholy

do you know what that switchback was he said

it 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 an epsilon

he signed then in a residently cheerful voice

anyhow he concluded there's one thing we can be certain of

whoever he may have been he was happy when he was alive everybody's happy now yes everybody's happy

now echoed lennon they had heard the words repeated 150 times every night for 12 years

landing on the roof of henry's 40-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 gram 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 lennon and henry were fortunately unaware the electric

sky signs effectively shut off the outer darkness calvin stopes and his 16 saxophonists

from the facade of the new abbey the giant letters invitingly glared

london's finest scent and color organ all the latest synthetic music

they entered the air seemed hot and somehow breathless with the scent of

ambergris and sandalwood on the domed ceiling of the hall the color organ

had momentarily painted a tropical sunset the 16 saxophonists were playing an old favorite

there ain't no bottle in all the world like that dear little bottle of mine 400

couples were five-stepping around the polish floor lennon and henry were soon the 401st

the saxophones wailed like melodious cats under the moon moaned in the alto antenna registers as

though the little death were upon them rich with a wealth of harmonics their tremulous mounted

towards a climax louder and even louder until at last with a wave of his hand the conductor let

loose the final shattering note of ether music and blew the 16 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 detergence a diminuendo sliding gradually through quarter tones down down to a

faintly whispered dominant chord that lingered on while the 5'4 rhythm 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 bottle of mine it's

you i've always wanted bottle of mine why was i ever decanted skies are blue inside of you the

weather's always fine for there ain't no bottle in all the world like that dear little bottle of mine

five-stepping with the other 400 round and round westminster abbey lennon and henry were yet

dancing in another world the warm richly colored the infinitely friendly world of soma holiday

how kind how good looking how delightfully amusing everyone was

bottle of mine it's you i've always wanted 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 good night dear friends

good night dear friends the loudspeakers veiled their commands in a genial and musical politeness

good night dear friends obediently with all the others lenina and henry left the building

the depressing stars had traveled 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 swallowed 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 henry's room on the 28th floor

and yet bottled as she was and in spite of that second gram of soma

lennon did not forget to take all the contraceptive precautions prescribed by

the regulations years