The Question and Answer section for Anthem is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The glass box is a symbol of the past and Equality's innate curiosity and intelligence. The scholars' reactions are ironic because they are the members of society, who are supposed to support learning.
Society basically lives in medieval like conditions. One could die of anything really. There were no antibiotics.
I'm sorry, what is your question?