A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch

By Iris Murdoch

In a depressing comedy of blunders, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by way of Julius, a cynical highbrow who makes a decision to illustrate via a Machiavellian test how simply loving undefined, being concerned neighbors, and committed siblings can betray their loyalties. As puppet grasp, Julius artfully performs at the human tendency to include drama and intrigue and to desire the distraction of confrontations to the tough attempt of speaking overtly and in truth.

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That evening, Bernard exaggerates the encounter to Helmholtz, who sees his friend’s hypocrisy and boasting. As in the previous chapter, Helmholtz is ashamed for Bernard, and wishes he were less boastful and self-pitying. A week later, Bernard and Lenina take the Blue Pacific Rocket to Santa Fé in part 3. They spend the night there, and meet with the Warden of the Reservation the following morning. He lectures them on the specifics of the reservation: it covers 560,000 square kilometers and is divided into four Sub-Reservations, each contained by an electric fence that prevents escape (it kills on contact).

The last part of the chapter follows Lenina on an evening with John (Bernard is going out on a date himself, and asks Lenina to escort John to the Feelies). They go to see a Feely titled, “Three Weeks in a Helicopter. ” The story is that of a black man whose conditioning is wiped from his brain after a helicopter accident. He falls madly in love with a BetaPlus blonde, kidnaps her, and holds her captive in his helicopter for three weeks. She is rescued finally by three men, who send the man off to an Adult Re-Conditioning Centre (apparently this new society is prepared for incidents in which conditioning fails) and take the blonde as a mistress.

Henry answers with a stock response, sounding suspiciously like a hypnopaedic lesson: “All men are physico-chemically equal ... ” For this, of course, is no longer true in Huxley’s world. As they leave the Crematorium behind, neither Henry nor Lenina are disturbed by the thought of death; as Henry repeats, “there’s one thing we can be certain of; whoever he may have been, he was happy when he was alive. ” Back at Henry’s apartment, the couple eats dinner and takes soma with coffee after the meal.

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