John shows interest in Lenina, but he believes that he is unworthy of her. This is because she is from the World State.
"To profane with the unworthiest hand"(Huxley 144)
John feels ashamed of touching her, because he chooses to remain pure and modest. He is angry at himself for even thinking of those inappropriate thoughts.
"Detestable thought! [I] was ashamed of himself"(Huxley 145)
The Director turns pale, and looks at Linda as if she is a monster. He is stunned and humiliated as the rest of the people of the World State laugh on during this drama.
"The Director went suddenly pale"(Huxley 151)
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