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Bernard holds a party with many of society's most important people in attendance. He goes to get John and introduce him, but John will not leave his room. Furious, the guests immediately begin disparaging Bernard, who feels humiliated. The Arch-Community-Songster of Canterbury leaves, taking Lenina with him. Meanwhile, John sits in his room and continues reading Romeo and Juliet while the party falls apart, unaware that Lenina was even at the party. When Lenina hears that John will not attend the party, she feels a new emotion: "a sense of dreadful emptiness, a breathless apprehension, a nausea."