Walden Two | Study Guide

B. F. Skinner

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Walden Two | Chapter 25 | Summary



Burris's lingering suspicions about possible unhappiness with Walden Two lead him to perform a somewhat covert observation of some of the citizens. Moving between rooms, he listens in on a series of different group conversations. He can find no bad undercurrent of criticism about the community. He ends up listening to the end of a musical performance in which Frazier, to Burris's surprise, plays the piano.


This is the second time Burris thinks something might be amiss in the community. He thinks the situation is too good to be true. He suspects Frazier is keeping him and the rest of his group busy and regimented to keep them ignorant of something. The fact Burris does not find anything dissatisfies him. Perhaps feeling guilty about his "investigation," he is sheepish when he comes across Frazier playing the piano. He does not even want Frazier to know he is there. Frazier tells Burris there are others in the community who can play much better than himself. This point is made in the last lines of the chapter, emphasizing the community truly is successful at fostering talent. This provides a counterpoint to Burris's doubts about Walden Two's accomplishments in the beginning of the chapter.

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