What does Equality mean, at the beginning of the chapter, when he says, “We are old now, but we were young this morning” (p. 68)?
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Despite Equality 7-2521's optimism and belief that the World Council of Scholars will reward him for his invention of the glass box, his meeting with the Scholars forms the climax of the novel, after which he is irreparably cut off from his society. The Scholars' dismissal of his invention breaks his last emotional connection to the ideals of collectivism and ends the section of the story that features a conflict between man and society. He now feels old and futureless, although earlier in the morning he felt young as he carried his box to the World Council of Scholars.