"We shall put before them the greatest gift ever offered to men." (pg 67)
"Tomorrow, you will take us back into your fold and we shall be an outcast no longer." (pg 67)
"Fear nothing, our brothers. There is a great power in these wires, but this power is tamed. It is yours. We give it to you." (pg 70)
"How dared you think that your mind held greater wisdom than the minds of your brothers?" (pg 71)
By: Reagan Clippinger Period 3
"You shall be burned at the stake." (pg 72)
Equality 7-2521, excited about his discovery of the lightbulb, travels to the World Council of Scholars' meeting to present to them his gift. By giving his brothers the power of the sky, he hopes to be reassigned from a Street Sweeper to a Scholar.
"It must be destroyed!" (pg 74)
"If this should lighten the toil of men then it is a great evil, for men have no cause to exist save in toiling for other men." (pg 74)
Equality 7-2521 presents the lightbulb to the Council, and they are immediately struck with fear. Equality urges the Council not to be afraid by explaining that he brought them a gift which is the key to the earth.
Equality 7-2521 is shocked when the Council doesn't share his enthusiasm for the great power he had harnessed. The Council ridiculed and chastised him, declaring that he was a transgressor and had created an evil thing.
"We have much to say to a wretch who have broken all the laws and who boast of their infamy!" (pg 71)
The World Council of Scholars tells Equality 7-2521 that the lightbulb is useless and must be destroyed. Equality begins to doubt the Council and becomes enraged by their remarks. He could not fathom that such a remarkable power was evil.
"You fools! You thrice-damned fools!" (pg 75)
In a fury, Equality 7-2521 leapt through the window and fled toward the Uncharted Forest with his invention. He no longer cared about anything except protecting his light. He left the City with no regrets, receiving strength from his discovery and newfound knowledge.
"We have not built this box for the good of our brothers. We built it for its own sake. It is above all our brothers to us, and its truth above their truth." (pg 76)