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Bernard responds by bringing in Linda

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Bernard responds by bringing in Linda, whose appearance — sagging and discolored with age —  horrifies and astonishes the crowd. She immediately recognizes the D.H.C. as her "Tomikin" and  tells him that he caused her to have a baby — to be a mother. An "appalling hush" fills the room at  the mere mention of this "smutty" word. When John enters and calls the D.H.C. "my father," laughter breaks out among the crowd.  Completely humiliated, the D.H.C. rushes from the room. This short chapter features the reversal of fortune that sets into motion the events that dominate the  rest of the novel. The D.H.C.'s plan to chastise Bernard publicly before banishing him for his unorthodox behavior is,  the Director maintains, a necessity for social stability, but the D.H.C.'s pious protectiveness of the 
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