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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

9) Why are Lenina and Bernard attracted to and repelled by each other?

Lenina explains her initial attraction to Bernard: “Bernard’s an Alpha Plus. Besides, he asked me to go to one of the Savage Reservations with him. I’ve always wanted to see a Savage Reservation.” Before long, however, she realizes that he expects too much of her. Bernard wants to be alone with Lenina and have serious conversations. He is looking for a personal friendship but becomes disillusioned when he realizes that Lenina is happy with plenty of soma and casual sex. Bernard notes to himself that “[s]he doesn’t mind being meat.”