TUESDAY, December 4, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

The Fountainhead Session 10
We are discussing Ayn Rand’s epic novel The Fountainhead in one session per month in 2012.

Jackie Hazelton

The Fountainhead, Part 3, Chapters 1, 2, & 3
Pages 405-459 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 417-473 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 383-435 in the Signet paperback

The Fountainhead

Part III – Gail Wynand

Chapter I [pp. 417-446 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 383-411 Signet paperback]

1. What is Wynand feeling as he contemplates suicide? Do we know why that is so? [417-427,442-443;383-392,408]

2. How would you describe Wynand’s management style at The Banner? Does it achieve his purposes? [418-422;385-390]

3. What attitude toward his fellow men did Wynand learn at an early age? Was it justified by his experience? [427-429;392-395]

4. When the woman he is currently sleeping with asks Wynand the meaning of the name of his yacht, he refuses to tell her, but we soon learn the personal meaning it has for him. What does the name and the meaning tell us about Wynand’s motivation? [425-432;390-398]

5. Why does Wynand pursue his assault on men of presumed integrity? Is he sincere in his proclamation that men of integrity don’t exist? Is this an attempt at self-justification? [439-443;404-408]

6. Why doesn’t Wynand attempt to “corrupt” Toohey? Is it because he understands Toohey all too well? Is it that he believes Toohey is incorruptible, or already thoroughly corrupt? Is there any similarity between his ignoring Toohey and Toohey’s publicly ignoring Roark? [422-424,442;388-390,408]

Some thoughts from Stephen Hicks:

“Wynand is thus a compromise character: In dealing with the external social world, he plays brilliantly the mutually-corrupting power-struggle game; but in his internal private life, he is committed to independence and integrity.

“He is like Keating when at The Banner but like Roark when in his art gallery or on his yacht.

“He is Roarkian in his ability to visual[ize] the end: doing things his own way according to his own highest independent standards. But he is Keating-esque in his judgment of the means necessary to achieve his ends: corrupting others and selling oneself in a base world to get power.”

Source: http://www.stephenhicks.org/2010/02/22/gail-wynands-power-strategy-1/

Chapter II [pp. 447-461 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 411-425 Signet paperback]

7. How does Peter Keating like having a Stepford wife (well, almost a Stepford wife)? [447-454;411-417]

8. Who knew that Rand would be naming twenty-first century TV shows? [453;416]

9. Dominque says she wants very much to “follow any idea” Peter gets all by himself. Is she sincere? What are the chances of that happening? [453-454;416-417]

10. What is it that bothers Peter about the way she describes the way he thinks about things? Would he rather she put things in a less “involved” way? Why? [449-454;412-417]

11. Peter almost has an epiphany about himself, in what he observes about Dominique’s behavior during their marriage. What is it? What stops him from recognizing it, and acting upon it? [453-457;417-420]

12. Maybe Obama read Fountainhead, too, or was he just channeling Lois Cook (“…that’s no achievement of yours…”)? Was it just Atlas that was prophetic about this administration? [457-458;421-422]

13. Why is Toohey only fifty percent satisfied with the way Peter’s marriage to Dominique has turned out? [460-461;424]

14. What does Toohey think that introducing Dominique to Wynand, and getting her to sleep with him, will achieve? Why does he want that? [461;424-425]

Chapter III [pp. 462-473 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 425-435 Signet paperback]

15. What does Wynand mean when he says, “As a rule seeing the models of art works tends to make one atheistic. But this time it’s a close one between that sculptor and God”? [462;425]

16. Dominique keeps surprising Gail Wynand with her responses to his commenst and questions. Why is he so surprised? [462-468;425-431]

17. What does Dominique mean when she says that she intended to ask Wynand if he didn’t know better than to attempt sincerity on the Banner? Why would she have said that to him? [465;428]

18. Is it “extremely cruel to be honest” as Wynand says to Keating? Or is it cruel just to certain types of people? Is Keating ever cruel in that way? [468-472;431-434]

19. What does Wynand say that Keating is an expert at? Does it aptly describe Keating? [466-467,471-472;429-430,434]

20. What does Wynand mean when he says he has paid with his own honor for the privilege of observing how honor operates in other men? [472;434]


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