How does Lenina respond to the things she sees on the Reservation? What aspects of the life of the savages are particularly distressing to her? How does Bernard respond to her criticisms?
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This scene challenges Bernard and Lenina to release their emotions. Since both of them forget to bring any soma, they cannot hide behind the narcotic’s pleasures. For the first time, Lenina cannot completely hold back her emotions. The way the Indians live induces an intense amount of revulsion in her. Bernard tells Lenina that men have lived this way for thousands of years, but she simply cannot believe it. Bernard feels stimulated by what he sees while Lenina feels revolted and sick. Huxley juxtaposes Lenina’s uncharacteristic tears with the uncaring of the very people that supposedly suffer from unwanted emotions.