Walden Two | Study Guide

B. F. Skinner

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Walden Two | Chapter 4 | Summary



While the group tours a gallery space, a young woman approaches Burris, probably mistaking him for an inhabitant, and whisks him away to sit with her for a theatrical performance. Though he finds her "charming," Burris feels extremely uncomfortable with the woman's instant familiarity and openness, and he rushes to rejoin the group. The remainder of the chapter discusses innovations the community has made to their tea service, about which Frazier talks at length, much to Castle's displeasure.


The reader gains a deeper understanding of Burris's character with his discomfort with the young woman who quickly befriends him. He feels uncomfortable with the directness of Walden Two, which seems to threaten his conservative views.

Skinner continues to kindle the animosity between Frazier and Castle. At times Frazier even tries to preempt Castle's cynicism by providing proof or justification for some of Walden Two's developments, such as glass serving trays or the "braided grass jackets" that attach to large tea glasses to aid in their transport. Skinner continues to use Frazier's character as the advocate for the experimental community, mainly through sharing information about a succession of innovations.

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