TUESDAY, April 2, 2013 6:30 PM Arrival Time

The Fountainhead Session 14
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 4, 5, & 6
Pages 560-586 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 578-607 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 527-553 in the Signet paperback

The Fountainhead

Part IV – Howard Roark
Chapter IV [pp. 578-590 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 527-538 Signet paperback]

1. Why does Dominique think that the drawing of their proposed house is so personal, and a violation of her, of Roark, and of Wynand? Gail does not pursue the next comment by Dominique, about things like that not being a coincidence, apparently because he did not hear it clearly. What do you think his reaction would have been if he had? [;528-529]

2. How can Wynand be so naive as to think that Dominique spent all her time denouncing Roark and personally hating him at the Banner, yet posed for the statue for him and defended him at his trial, and not realize that there was more to their relationship? Is that credible as part of the story? [;529-530]

3. In meeting Roark in Wynand’s and her penthouse home, why does Dominique think that “her share of decision had ended” and that it would be Roark who “would act from now on”? How would you compare the drama of this moment to the one in Atlas Shrugged when Rearden walks in unannounced upon Francisco in Dagny’s apartment? [;530-533]

4. How do you feel about Wynand’s sense of possession? Or of Roark’s explication of possession and valuing? How important are these ideas? [;531-532]

5. Why do you think Dominique spoke to Roark about Gail liking to look at the city at night and loving the skyscrapers in the past tense?

6. When Wynand compares the way Roark dealt with the civic leaders over the March of Centuries exposition to his own dealings with them and his advertisers, is he beginning to be fully aware of his “pact with the devil” the Banner represents? Have we had any indications of such regrets before? [;535-537]

Chapter V [pp. 591-598 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 539-545 Signet paperback]

7. Why does it make things easier for Wynand to think of Roark? Why does it also hurt him, and why is that a pain that he wishes to bear? [591;539]

8. Why does Wynand continue to come, unannounced, to see Roark? How do these appearances compare to the times in the past when Dominique came to Roark? [592-593;540-541]

9. Is it shocking to hear Wynand express disdain for the “respect for a woman”? Is that any more or less shocking than hearing Wynand’s attitude toward Roark’s rejection of holding power over another human being? [593;541]

10. Roark tells Wynand that he thinks he hated Wynand before he met him. Is this consistent with his earlier response to Toohey that Roark didn’t think about Toohey? [593;541]

11. Wynand thinks of his publishing empire as “a dangerous monster let loose under the expert direction of his fingers.” Why does he love this sense? He admits he has committed every crime but “the foremost one.” What does he regard as the most important aspect of his life? In what way does he resemble Roark? How does he differ? [594-596;542-544]

12. Dominique seems to think Roark is punishing her. Why does she think that? Is it so, or is she punishing herself? [596-598;544-545]

Chapter VI [pp. 599-607 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 546-553 Signet paperback]

13. What are some of the fallacies involved in Toohey’s double-talk argument about freedom and compulsion? What particular false premise is implicit in his argument? [599-600;546-547]

14. Is there truth in Toohey’s assertion that mysticism and dialectic materialism are “superficially varied manifestations of the same thing”? Do they both have the same intentions, as he says? [600;547]

15. Why, if Toohey apparently knows “why the workers in this country have so little sympathy with collectivism”, does he still seem to think they can be led to accept it? What is he counting on? What does Toohey’s thought about his metaphor of a huge typewriter tell us about this motives? [601-603;548-550]

16. Why is Toohey so exhilarated? Why does he wish Dominique had been present at the meeting to hear the conversation? [606-607;552-553]


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