The Fountainhead

by: Ayn Rand

Part I: Chapters 11–13

Summary Part I: Chapters 11–13

Katie’s sudden fear of Toohey may seem at first to be tangential to the concerns of this section, for the important outcome of her fear is the revelation of Keating’s heartlessness. Her fear is not irrelevant, however, but an expression of Rand’s carefully designed plot, in which every detail has a purpose and each small incident points to future events. Katie’s sudden panic about her uncle points to events that unfold only much later in the novel. Rand uses this kind of foreshadowing to ensure that we immediately understand the consequences of cowardly and selfless behavior. She wants us to understand that bad things will happen because Keating the coward refuses to heed Katie’s cry for help, and because Katie the selfless goes along with Keating’s decision not to marry her right away. Even though punishment does not always happen immediately, Rand drops dark hints that it will come eventually.