This scene is extremely important because it is a period of time where Bernard is not taking soma. While he does this, he realizes that he doesn’t want to be part of this “social body”. Lenina is in shock and extremely mad. This part of the novel is a brief “awakening” to reality for the people living in the social body. I believe that this scene will foreshadow the future and show that the characters will wake up from the fake reality that they live in. Important quote of scene: “It makes me feel as though …" he hesitated, searching for words with which to express himself, "as though I were more me, if you see what I mean. More on my own, not so completely a part of something else. Not just a cell in the social body. Doesn't it make you feel like that, Lenina?"
But Lenina was crying. "It's horrible, it's horrible," she kept repeating. "And how can you talk like that about not wanting to be a part of the social body? After all, every one works for every one else. “
This quote shows the different views and shows the contrast of characterization between the two characters. On one hand, Bernard is tired of the infinite high from soma and Lenina just wants to conform to societal norm.