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Unformatted text preview: 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 social order masks his real reason for punishing Bernard concern about Bernard's revealing his...
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2011 for the course ENG 2301 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07