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  • "He shut his eyes; he rubbed his cheek against his own powdered arm. Touch of smooth skin against his face, scent in his nostrils of musky dust--her real presence" (143). John has never seen anyone that looks like him before he met Lenina and Bernard. He instantly fell in love with Lenina because she looked interested in him, which had never happened before. This scene brings him "closer" to Lenina in a way; her perfume is a very intimate thing and John basically rubs her pure essence all over himself.
  • "He shut his eyes, he shook his head with the gesture of a dog shaking its ears as it emerges from the water. Detestable thought! He was ashamed of himself. Pure and vestal modesty..." (145). Lenina seemed so pure, John believed she must have been a virgin and he should not touch her for she was Bernard's. John is completely unaware that the society Lenina and Bernard are from promotes polygamy, so he is practicing his beliefs of monogamy while still trying to have Lenina. John is somewhat stuck between two worlds, the world he was raised in (Malpais), and the world his mother hailed from (London).
  • While John is fawning over Lenina, Bernard got a warrant from Mustapha Mond to bring John and Linda to London because the World Controller finds it "of significant scientific interest..." (141). Bernard plans to use John and Linda as leverage against the D.H.C. after his job is jeopardized by his actions.
  • Once Bernard came back to London, he was confronted by the D.H.C. about his job. The D.H.C. was about to fire him, and when asked if he had any evidence to contest his annexing, Bernard brought in Linda and John, who promptly screamed, "'My father" (151) upon seeing the D.H.C. In London, parenthood is unheard of, it is more of a joke/insult. To know that the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning was a father was detrimental to his social, political, and economic standing. The D.H.C. knew his life was over after he learned of his fatherhood.
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