We are twenty-one years old. We are six feet tall.
Then we slept.
"The Golden One"
In chapter one we learn who the main character is, Equality 7-2521. We learn that Equality is being very brave telling us about his life when he writes, "It is a sin to write this. . ." (Ayn Rand, 17).
Equality tells many things about his daily life. One of them being that he is a "street sweeper"; being a street sweeper is an unusual job for such an intelligent person like Equality. He also tells us that at the end of the day he goes to the sleeping halls that are ". . . white and clean and bare of all things" (Ayn Rand, 21).
Equality tells us many things about a new character in Chapter 2. He refers to her as " . . . the golden one" (Rand 38), her government name is Liberty 5-3000. Equality has strong feelings for her, but is forbidden to love.
"The Golden One"
Towards the end of chapter two, we find out that if you say "the unspeakable word" you will be burned alive. A man said the word and was publicly burned. As Equality was witnessing the burning, he describes the eyes of the transgressor as " painless . . . and no knowledge of the agony of their body" (Rand 51). Equality believed the transgressor was trying to tell him something, the unspeakable word, "I".
Equality has discovered a "new" thing. It's a "glass box with the power of the sky" (Rand 53). This invention is a light bulb!!!
In the beginning of chapter four we begin to see how Equality and Liberty's awkward relationship is growing. We also learn that Liberty has given Equality the nickname of, "Unconquerable". This nickname is significant because Liberty believes Equality doesn't conform to society or follow the rules. Therefore being UNCONQUERABLE!