TUESDAY, March 5, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

The Fountainhead Session 13
We are discussing Ayn Rand’s epic novel The Fountainhead in one session per month in 2012 and 2013.

Jackie Hazelton

The Fountainhead, Part 4, Chapters 1, 2, & 3
Pages 527-559 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 543-577 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 496-527 in the Signet paperback

The Fountainhead

Part IV – Howard Roark
Chapter I [pp. 543-555 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 496-507 Signet paperback]

1. Do the early passages in this chapter about the young man on the bicycle remind you of anything about young Ayn Rand? [543-544;496-497]

2. Everything about the Monadnock Valley enterprise seems wrong to Roark, except the concept itself, as he envisions it. Why does he proceed with it? What small steps does he take to protect himself? Does he seem worried about it? [546-549;499-502]

3. Roark’s other successes over the two years he was engaged in building Monadnock were described with a metaphor that has been applied to Rand’s own career. How so, and is it appropriate? [549;502]

4. What is the cosmic irony of Monadnock? Is Mallory right to still fear the “drooling beast.”[550-552;503-505]

5. What is Lanzing’s “psychology of a pretzel”? Does it make sense? How does Toohey try to invert the lesson of Caleb Bradley and Monadnock? How does Toohey fit in with Lanzing’s theory? [552-553;505-506]

6. Why was Roark chosen as an architect by the civic leaders of the World’s Fair? How does their selection compare to his other clients? [553-554;506-507]

Chapter II [pp. 556-567 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 508-518 Signet paperback]
7. Why would Roark come prepared to refuse to work for Wynand and immediately upon meeting him declare that he does want to work for him? What could make that change credible? Is the present scenario credible in that way? [556-557;508-509]

8. What leads Roark to conclude that Wynand has been unhappy? Is his reasoning sound? Why would Wynand think that Roark would understand things about himself that he doesn’t even understand? [557-558;509-510]

9. What does Wynand mean when he describes Roark’s buildings as possessing a “difficult, demanding kind of joy”? Are there things you would describe that way? [560;511]

10. Does Wynand seem obsequious to Roark during the meeting in his office? If so, in what ways? [559-561;512-514]

11. What kind of changes in Wynand have Scarret and Toohey noticed? What do they think has caused them? Are they right? Do those changes worry them equally? [563-566;514-517]

12. How does Wynand handle the impact of the clippings file on Roark? [566-567;517-518]

Chapter III [pp. 568-577 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 518-527 Signet paperback]
13. Why does Roark’s calm reaction to Wynand’s recounting of the Banner’s campaign against the Stoddard Temple drive Wynand to fury? How does Roark’s reaction to Wynand differ from his earlier reaction to Toohey’s soliciting of his opinion? Why? [568-569;518-520]

14. Roark neither asks for an apology from Wynand, nor for Wynand to repudiate the action of the Banner, but he does say that he believes Wynand wouldn’t have personally conducted the Stoddard Temple campaign. Why does he think this? Why does he tell Wynand that pretending an anger that he doesn’t feel would be cruel to Wynand? How can Roark be so seemingly perceptive about Wynand’s state of mind? [569-570;519-520]

15. What is the bond between Wynand and Roark at this time? Is it mutual personal recognition? Something else? And what is the key difference in their sense of life, their goals? [570-571;520-521]

16. How does Wynand’s attitude appear to change as they reach the end of their discussion? Is it because of Roark’s saying that he would like to help Wynand? Is it because Wynand feels he has revealed too much to Roark? That he doesn’t want to feel beholden to Roark? [572-573;522-523]

17. When Roark comes to Wynand’s office to present his plans and drawing of the Wynand residence, he has completed the change from his previous openness with Roark. What has happened? [573-574;523-524]

18. Why does Roark call Wynand’s ultimatum “architectural suggestions” and, later, “temptations”? Is he being generous to Wynand in not identifying the ugly nature of Wynand’s demands? Does Roark think he has an overwhelming “bargaining point”? Is it Wynand’s integrity, as he says, or something different? [574-577;524-527]

19. Does Wynand seem to understand the things that Dominique had written about Roark and his work in the past? How do you know? Is that consistent with other things we know about Wynand? [577;527]


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