"We are Equality 7-2521. We belong to the House of the Street Sweepers."
"We shall go down."
In the first chapter we learn that Equality's occupation will be a street sweeper when the Council of Vocations announced, "Street Sweeper." (Rand 26). This is not the job that he wanted, but he gladly accepts and continues on with his life.
In chapter 1, Equality begins to break the rules of his society. He goes down this dark shaft and we know it is against the rules when International states, "Since the Council does not know of this hole, there can be no law permitting to enter. And everything which is not permitted by law is forbidden." (Rand 31).
At the beginning of chapter two, we are introduced to Liberty. Equality instantly falls head over heels for her when he thinks, "Those whose name is Liberty 5-3000, and we think of no others." (Rand 38).
The Saint of the Pyre is the only man to ever speak the Unspeakable Word. Equality tells the readers about the Saint being burned alive and that he: "Theirs was the calmest and the happiest face." (Rand 50).
When Equality is experimenting on a frog, he discovers an unknown power. He discovers electricity and we know this when he says, "And it had been he metal of our knife which had sent a strange power through the copper." (Rand 52).
During chapter 4, Equality and Liberty engage in their first contact. Touching the opposite gender is against the law and Equality's lips touch Liberty's hand when she offers him water. We know that his lips touch her hands when he narrates, "We do not know...did not move." (Rand 57).