Darkness at Noon | Study Guide

Arthur Koestler

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The First Hearing: 1–3 The epigraph, from the French revolutionary Saint-Just (1767–94), states that every ruler must rule with deceit, or gu... Read More
The First Hearing: 4–6 Rubashov is pushed into the government car waiting at the curb. The prison is half an hour's drive away. Rubashov take... Read More
The First Hearing: 7–9 Rubashov hears the opening and closing of cell doors as the warder and prison orderlies hand out food. He watches thei... Read More
The First Hearing: 10–14 Rubashov can't stop thinking about the Pietà. He finds that he's already suffering from "the day-dreams of imprisonmen... Read More
The Second Hearing: 1–3 The epigraph, from the historian and Catholic Bishop Dietrich von Nieheim (c. 1338–1418), was written in opposition to... Read More
The Second Hearing: 4–6 Rubashov has a new neighbor, the prisoner in cell 406 who keeps tapping "ARIE, YE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH." Perhaps the ... Read More
The Second Hearing: 7 Rubashov is dreaming of his first arrest, but he's awakened by Ivanov standing by his bunk. Ivanov offers him brandy, an... Read More
The Third Hearing: 1–3 The Third Hearing begins with two epigraphs. The first, from Machiavelli, underscores how important it is for a leader... Read More
The Third Hearing: 4–6 Gletkin uses sleep deprivation to break Rubashov down both physically and mentally. Rubashov had thought that after si... Read More
The Grammatical Fiction: 1–3 The epigraph is by Ferdinand Lasalle (1825‑64), a German socialist and Marxist who was a fervent supporter of the righ... Read More
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