"We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it." (Rand 26)
"Their hair was golden as the sun..." (Rand 39)
"What are the words which we have lost?" (Rand 49)
Equality realizes that his mind is different than everyone else's, he has a mind of his own. He knows that thinking his own thoughts is a transgression and he even explains, "But we have broken many laws," (Rand 17), which shows his intent to continue learning.
Even though he was smart and Equality wished to be a scholar, The Council determined him a street sweeper. When he arrives to the Home of the Street Sweepers he comes to terms with being a street sweeper and thinks, "Thus we lived each day of four years, until two springs ago when our crime had happened," (Rand 28).
"It defies all the laws known to men!" (Rand 53)
As time goes on Equality crosses paths with a girl, a girl named Liberty, a girl he calls, "The Golden One" (Rand 41). While both Liberty and Equality know it's forbidden, they are completely enamored by one another. Equality explains, "They smiled to us and for us," (Rand 40), referring to Liberty.
"What name have you given us?" (Rand 55)
Equality remembers, as he accumulates questions of the past, the punishments for people who know too much. He explains an event that had happened in his life where he had watched The Saint of pyre being burned alive. He pondered, "There is no crime punished by death in this world , save this one crime of speaking The Unspeakable Word," (Rand 49).
Deep in his tunnel, Equality comes across new discoveries and mysteries. While dissecting a dead frog he discovers something unimaginable. He discovers, "We found out that it causes lightning, and never have men known what causes lightning." (Rand 53), he discovered electricity.
Days pass and Equality is impatient to see his "Golden One," (Rand 54), again. When they do finally meet again they speak in hushed tones about their sins and their carelessness. Equality warns Liberty, "Such thoughts are forbidden, Golden One," (Rand 56), and even though he says these words he doesn't believe them, he believes in his future with Liberty.