Bernard plans a party with a lot of important people so that they could meet “The Savage” But when all of the people arrive John refuses to come out of his room. Bernard is humiliated as all of the guests leave. Lenina is disappointed because she wanted to ask John about what happened the night after the “feely”. The Arch-Community-Songster urges Bernard that he should be careful, in his criticism of the World State. Bernard becomes depressed again now that his new found success had faded out. Bernard is both grateful and resentful that Helmholtz is his friend again, and although Helmholtz is in trouble for reading some unorthodox things to his student, he is happy to have finally found his “own voice.” When John and Helmholtz meet they become automatic friends and Bernard is jealous, and wishes that they had never been brought together. Bernard takes soma to escape his feelings. John reads Shakespeare to Helmholtz and the poetry ad literature enthralls Helmholtz. But When John read Romeo and Juliet to him he begins to laugh because the thought of a girl having parents was absurd, but also the thought of a discrimination over which man a girl should marry was even worse. John slams closed his book and locks it away, because Helmholtz laughter insults and wounds him.
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