Anthem Chapter 2

What is the Time of Mating? Why does Equality think of being sent to the Palace of Mating as being a "shameful matter"?

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Equality 7-2521 shows preference for the Golden One because she is not like the others, although it is a sin to bear a unique name, and he also ignores the prohibition against thinking of members of the opposite gender outside of the Time of Mating. For two years, he has been sent once per year to the City Palace of Mating, as have all men over twenty and women over eighteen, but the process of mating with a woman assigned by the Council of Eugenics is shameful, and the parents never see their children. Equality 7-2521 hates the Place of Mating.