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Unformatted text preview: Huxley has introduced the effects of soma very early in the novel, and so the reader is not surprised to find Linda on a more or less perpetual soma holiday now that the drug is available to her once more. Soma , however, is new to John, and his worry about the drug shortening his mother's life gives Huxley the opportunity to expand on soma once again. In explaining what he regards as soma 's benefits, Dr. Shaw uses the word "eternity" a concept John recognizes from Shakespeare's poetry. The moment represents a rare connection for the displaced character. The chapter also offers a detailed description of the feelies, the popular entertainment that combines the senses of smell and touch in a movie format. Bernard, the reader recalls, disdained the feelies as beneath his intellectual dignity. Huxley's presentation of John's experience, however, makes clear the beneath his intellectual dignity....
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- Fall '07