The second half of the chapter follows Bernard as he flies past the chiming Big Henry — the Fordian version of Big Ben — to the Fordson Community Singery. There he participates — without really believing — in a kind of religious service that includes such rituals as the sign of the T, blessed soma , and solidarity hymns. Under the influence of the sacramental soma , the ceremony dissolves into an "orgy-porgy" of sex. But while the others find the "calm ecstasy of achieved consummation," Bernard feels only more isolated in his "separateness" — "much more alone, indeed, more hopelessly himself than he had ever been in his life before." In this chapter, Huxley introduces the dystopian combination of religion and sex, featuring a date in a cathedral/cabaret juxtaposed with a spiritual ritual that ends in an orgy. Henry and Lenina's dinner and dancing evening emphasizes the artificiality of their world. The night
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