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Introduction Rand characterizes her novel The Fountainhead as belonging to the genre of Romanticism. Her intent in writing it is conc... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 1–2 Howard Roark stands atop a granite precipice with a lake below him and laughs before diving into the water. His though... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 3–4 The offices of Francon &amp; Heyer in New York present an impressive façade to Keating when he arrives for his first d... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 5–6 After a year of employment at Francon &amp; Heyer, Keating is still a draftsman. But he clearly feels destined to rise... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 7–8 Knowing that Roark is out of a job, Keating insists to Francon that he must have Roark come work for him. Francon agre... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 9–10 It seems to amuse architect John Erik Snyte to hire Roark into his stable of draftsmen. That's simply because Roark's ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 11–12 Snyte regrets his hasty decision and attempts to hire Roark back, but Roark now has exactly what he needs to go forwar... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 13–15 The Heller house is nearly complete, but Roark has gained no new commissions except one for a gas station. Heller trie... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 1–2 Work for Roark at the quarry is drilling granite all day in the hot summer sun. The narrator says, "He felt at times a... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 3–4 Keating has attained the long-awaited partnership with Francon, and he enters his office to see a neat pile of newspap... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 5–6 Dominique has returned to New York hating herself for looking everywhere to get a glimpse of the unnamed man she can't... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 7–8 One week after the party, Dominique writes a scathing condemnation of the Enright house in her column for the Banner. ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 9–10 Ellsworth M. Toohey was, growing up, a sickly and fragile boy who was not at all attractive. He learned early on how t... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 11–12 The Cosmo-Slotnick building is finally completed in December, and Keating attends a round of publicity that strangely ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 13–15 Stoddard wins his case. He announces that the building will be renamed, as Toohey has suggested to him, as the Hopton ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 1–2 One morning of October of 1932, Gail Wynand contemplates suicide. However, the prospect of dying doesn't seem to make ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 3–4 When Dominique meets Wynand in his office, he tells her Toohey has given him the statue Mallory had created of her. Wy... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 5–6 Upon return from her excursion with Wynand on his yacht, Dominique refuses to answer Keating's questions. She simply t... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 7–9 Wynand meets Dominique at the train station in New York. She knows he must have kept careful track of every step in he... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 1–2 Roark has been chosen to build the Monadnock Valley summer resort project in the fall of 1933. The backers have given ... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 3–4 Roark and Wynand drive out to the site of the house Wynand wants him to design for him and agree on the positioning of... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 5–6 Wynand proofs copy for the Banner. The sentences seem to him like "used chewing gum ... passing from mouth to mouth to... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 7–8 Workmen have reduced Keating's office to a single floor, and he has resigned himself to the irrevocable and slow proce... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 9–10 Wynand, Dominique, and Roark sit together gazing at the completed Wynand house. Dominique finds herself accepting the ... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 11–12 Roark and Wynand are out together on Wynand's yacht, having left Dominique alone behind while they take off for a coup... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 13–14 Dominique wakes up in a bed in the penthouse with Wynand by her side, relieved that the doctors were wrong to predict ... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 15–16 Contrary to Wynand's orders, Toohey publishes a condemnation of Roark in his column. When Wynand reads it, he orders e... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 17–18 The "We Don't Read Wynand" committee under the chairmanship of Webb rejoice at the defeat of Wynand. Toohey is not at ... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 19–20 Enright buys the site of the ruined Cortland Housing project from the government and sets Roark to rebuild it. Its ren... Read More
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