Brave New World

chapter 13

john proposes to lenina and declares his love. how does lenina respond? what is johns reaction? why is it hard for them to understand each other?

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Both of them operate in different worlds of upbringing. John’s constant discussion of his feelings and quoting of Shakespeare confuses Lenina, and she only understands him after he tells her that he loves her. Lenina responds by stripping off her clothes and trying to kiss him, a natural reaction given her cultural upbringing. John, however, reacts first with shock and then with rage. He screams, "Whore, impudent strumpet," and he flings her away. While John tries to slap her, Lenina runs into the bathroom and shuts the door. She begs him to return her clothes and belongings.