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TUESDAY, June 5, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

The Fountainhead Session 6
We are discussing Ayn Rand’s epic novel The Fountainhead in one session per month in 2012.

Jackie Hazelton

The Fountainhead, Part 2, Chapters 4-6
Pages 237-271 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 248-282 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 226-258 in the Signet paperback

The Fountainhead

Part II – Ellsworth M. Toohey

Chapter IV [pp. 248-257;pp. 226-235]

1. “In Gertrude Stein’s writing every word lives and, apart from concept, it is so exquisitely rhythmical and cadenced that if we read it aloud and receive it as pure sound, it is like a kind of sensuous music. Just as one may stop, for once, in a way, before a canvas of Picasso, and, letting one’s reason sleep for an instant, may exclaim: “It is a fine pattern!” so, listening to Gertrude Steins’ words and forgetting to try to understand what they mean, one submits to their gradual charm.”

– Mabel Dodge Luhan, Speculations, or Post-Impressionists in Prose, 1913, borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Stein

No question, here. Just added this quote for comparison to Lois Cook! Let one’s reason sleep, indeed! [248-250;226-228]

2. Has Toohey completely destroyed any appreciation of value and self in Catherine? What similarities are there between Toohey and Katie here and James Taggart and Cherryl in Atlas Shrugged? What differences? [250-255;228-232]

3. Is Keating’s character on a par with Cook’s, or Toohey’s? [255-257;232-235]

Chapter V [258-266;pp. 235-243]

4. Why does Dominique change her mind about quitting her job at the Banner? [258-259;235-236]

5. What contradiction does Toohey catch Dominique in? [259-260;236-237]

6. What are the defining characteristics of Toohey’s group of young “builders,” if any? [261-266;237-243]

7. For long periods in the novel, Roark appears only indirectly, with brief mentions of events in his career and references to his character. What other techniques used in this novel (honed here, perhaps?) did Rand use more dramatically in Atlas Shrugged? [235-266;226-243]

Chapter VI [pp. 267-282 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 243-258 Signet paperback]

8. In what ways are Roger Enright and Roark alike? In what ways are they different? [267-268;243-245]

9. Roark seems to want Dominique bound to him in humiliating ways and that it would be a form of mastery over her. Is this consistent with the general message about Roark as an independent being, neither slave nor master of others? [268-269;245]

10. What seems to be the secret of Joel Sutton’s presumed success? Who are his analogues in Atlas Shrugged? [269-270;245-247]

11. Why is Kiki Holcombe’s first impression of Roark one of insolence? Why is her reaction to Roark different from her reaction to the things Toohey says? [270-274;247-250]

12. What do we learn from Keating is his secret of success with people? What does that tell us about him? [278;254]

13. Both Dominique and Toohey remain focused on Roark as he circulates through the party attendees, but for very different reasons. What are the assessments and concerns of each? [279-282;255-258]

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