Equality 7-2521 is writing in a journal, with a candle they stole from the Street Sweepers, while in a tunnel, "It is a sin to write this." Nobody in this society is allowed to be individualistic at all.
Equality 7-2521 is assigned to be a Street Sweeper. Instead of mad, they are rather happy. All those years of being too smart, or too tall, or breaking the rules. And yet the council had no idea of the sins they made.
Equality 7-2521 has stolen many things from, both the Home of the Scholars and Home of the Street Sweepers. And most importantly, "We have stolen manuscripts...the Home of the Clerks spend one year to copy one single script." From those scripts, "we have learned more than we had learned in the ten years of the Home of the Students."
After seeing Liberty 5-3000 so many times, even nicknaming her "The Golden One," they finally meet. The first words they say to them are “You are beautiful, Liberty 5-3000.”
Because Equality 7-2521 got to talk to The Golden One for the first time, they were overwhelmed with happiness, that they sung an unknown tune. They were caught by one of the Council members and was reprimanded by them.
A transgressor was being held accountable for their crimes, by being burned alive. Before he died, "the eyes of the Transgressor had chosen us from the crowd and were looking straight upon us"