TUESDAY, January 1, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

The Fountainhead Session 11
We are discussing Ayn Rand’s epic novel The Fountainhead in one session per month in 2012 and 2013.

Jackie Hazelton

The Fountainhead, Part 3, Chapters 4, 5, & 6
Pages 460-495 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 474-510 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 435-469 in the Signet paperback

The Fountainhead

Part III – Gail Wynand

Chapter IV [pp. 474-481 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 435-442 Signet paperback]

1. Why does Gail Wynand make an exception to his usual rule about not answering Dominique’s question about his yacht’s name? What is the significance of exception-making to him? [474;435-436]

2. How does Wynand’s answer to Dominique’s question about him leaving her alone imply any weakness in her? Why does Dominique resist any such implication of weakness? [475;436]

3. Why would people say of Dominique’s (and Wynand’s) lack of ties to any specific place, and willingness, even gladness, to leave it that this means she is a “hater of mankind?” What implications of such a claim does Wynand see? What variant of those implications does Dominique see? [475-476;436-438]

4. Dominique immediately sees the contradiction between what Wynand is saying about love and his previous actions. How does she point that out to him, and what is his reaction to that? What does Wynand conclude about Dominique’s acceptance of his offer to accompany him on his yacht? [476-477;437-438]

5. Dominique and Wynand share a common reaction to the accomplishments of man and to many men’s view of nature. What is it? What almost unconscious recognition does she make about this, and what is Wynand’s response? [478;439-440]

6. Dominique keeps expecting Wynand to take her to bed. What does he do instead, and how does she react? Do you think that this is what Wynand had planned all along? Why do you think that? [475-480;436-441]

7. Why does Dominique agree to Wynand’s proposal? Why does she not want the fact of marrying him to seem important? He doesn’t seem to care that she feels that way, but he has strong feelings about its importance. How so, and is this another of his exceptions? [479-481;440-442]

Chapter V [pp. 482-499 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 442-459 Signet paperback]
8. Does Keating really think that Dominique and Wynand are intentionally offending his feelings? Are they? Does Keating almost earn some respect from Wynand? What does he do that changes that? [482-483;442-443]

9. Why does Dominique go to see Steve Mallory? Why does she not want to do so? [483-484;444-445]

10. What does Mallory mean when he says Roark has achieved a certain kind of immortality? What is his view of most people? [485;445]

11. Why is it for Roark’s sake that Mallory not tell Roark about Dominique’s visits? How does Dominique react to hearing that? [485-486;446]

12. Why would Keating feel “that it was an end and a death,” and still that whatever it was was not the loss of Dominique? [486;446]

13. How does Toohey react to Keating’s unexpected visit? Does it seem like his actions are calculated to express contempt for Keating? Does his phone call to Gus Webb seem to have any urgency? [486-487;446-447]

14. When Keating begs for affirmation of what Toohey has apparently drummed into him in the past, that it doesn’t matter what else people do if they also help others, why does Toohey reply that it is so if one “has the courage to accept it?” [487-488;447-448]

15. Keating tells Toohey that the money is from selling Dominique, but that it seems as if it is not Dominique that he has sold. What does he mean? Is he right, even if he doesn’t fully understand what he “has sold?” [488;448]

16. Why is Toohey so upset about Keating’s revelation, having put Keating, Wynand, and Dominique in the situation that led to these events? What part of Toohey’s plan has apparently gone astray? [488-489;448-449]

17. Do Toohey and Alvah Scarret have the same concerns about Wynand’s plan to marry Dominique? What is Alvah’s concern? Do we know what Toohey’s intentions are? What other machinations is Toohey working on? [489-492;449-452]

18. Does Dominique seem obsessed with how other people might view Roark? Why does she compare the work Roark is doing now with his working in a quarry? Is it like that? [494-496;454-455]

19. Does Roark’s reaction to Dominique seem harsh? Is it a case of tough love? Is it due to his firm conviction that she would never be happy being with him until she first changes her attitude toward the world? [496-499;455-459]

Chapter VI [pp. 500-510 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 459-469 Signet paperback]
20. Does the gathering at Lois Cook’s give us a good explanation of Toohey’s motives, or just his methods of achieving his goals? What do we learn about his intentions? [500-507;459-466]

21. Why do most of the people in the room visibly “straighten up” when Peter Keating arrives? [506-507;465-466]

22. Where have we heard before the con line Jules Fougler uses to introduce Ike’s play to Keating? Why does Keating feel a benevolence and an inspiration from the room? Rand says that everyone in the room except Peter felt a circuit closing, but do Toohey and Fougler really fit into that description? [506-507;465-466]

23. How does Toohey manage to turn his belated, begrudging recognition of non-traditional architectural styles into propaganda for his view of humanity? How does he still manage to avoid granting any genuine recognition to innovators like Henry Cameron? [508-509;466-468]

24. What is Toohey’s, and therefore Keating’s, definition of acceptable “modern” architecture? Why after claiming to recognize the necessity of change does he still direct that the Stoneridge project be conventional, but “toned down”? [509-510;468-469]

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