1. What exactly does John do at Park Lane Hospital for the Dying and why does he do it? 2. On p. 211, John proclaims that he has come to bring the workers “freedom” and to save them from a “poison” that’s toxic for their souls as well as their bodies (211). Having proclaimed this, John upends the dispensing tables and throws the ____________ out the window. Compare that scene from Huxley to this passage from the New Testament Gospel of Matthew (21: 12-13): “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Do you find a parallel here?
And if so, what do you think Huxley intends by drawing such a parallel? 3. On p. 209, Huxley tells us that Miranda’s “words [from The Tempest] mocked [John] derisively.” Question: What makes these words John loves sound like a mockery to him at this moment? 4. In paragraph 1 of p. 210, Huxley tells us that, as he begins to address the crowd, Miranda’s “singing words” return to John once more, only now at this new moment, they have a very different ring than they did on 209. Question: What do Miranda’s words “proclaim” now, on p. 210? 5. What happens to John in the final pages of the novel? Why do you think he takes the actions that he takes?