Brave New World: Novel Summary: Chapter 10

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This chapter begins with the Director and Henry Foster preparing for the arrival of Bernard, after which the Director plans to send him to Iceland. The Director justifies his actions, saying, "Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself." Later, in front of Bernard and the whole crowd gathered in the room he asserts, "For this reason I propose to dismiss him, to dismiss him with ignominy from the post he has held in this Centre; I propose forthwith to apply for his transference to a Sub-Centre of the lowest order and, that his punishment may serve the best interest of Society..."

Soon the Director asks Bernard if there’s any reason why he shouldn’t be dismissed; he is surprised when Bernard responds in the affirmative and quickly leads Linda and John into the room. The Director is astonished and embarrassed while the rest of the crowd thinks that the whole matter is extremely hilarious. When Linda (now old and fat) cries to the Director, saying she has had his son, a hush falls over the crowd. The Director immediately resigns his post and Bernard is at least temporarily saved from Iceland.

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