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As this chapter opens, Lenina worries about Bernard's eccentric desire for privacy and his tendency  to question basic social assumptions. She thinks him "odd." In a flashback to their first date, Lenina and Bernard quarrel when he hovers their helicopter over the  English Channel so that they can observe the power of Nature. Bernard wants an adult — and  emotional — relationship with Lenina, not just the mindless sex that consummates their first date. In the middle section of the chapter, Bernard submits his travel permit to the D.H.C., who remembers  his own holiday many years earlier to the Savage Reservation. The D.H.C. tells Bernard about the  young woman he took on his trip and how she disappeared mysteriously during their stay on the  Reservation. Embarrassed by his emotional reverie, the D.H.C. shifts attention by expressing his disappointment 
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Unformatted text preview: in Bernard's odd behavior outside work and threatens to exile him to Iceland. But this threat has a tonic effect on Bernard, who later boasts about it to his friend Helmholtz, who likes Bernard but hates his boasting and self-pity. In the third section, Bernard and Lenina fly to Sante Fe, where they meet with the Warden of the Reservation. As the Warden leers at Lenina and describes the Reservation — there's no escape, and human birth remains a reality — Bernard suddenly remembers that he left the eau de cologne tap running at home. When Bernard calls Helmholtz about the tap, Watson gives him some bad news: the D.H.C. intends to exile Bernard to Iceland. Appalled by the news, Bernard's "theoretical courage" evaporates, and Lenina persuades him to take soma to calm himself before they fly off to the Savage Reservation....
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